MADISON (WKOW)--The Dane County Sheriff calls the growing number of Wisconsinites driving with suspended licenses a chronic problem.
A recent case out of the town of Burke only highlights the issue. Leanna Norton, 24, was cited Tuesday for her 30th violation of operating while suspended since 2011.
“When you have somebody who blatantly disregards the motor vehicle laws to the extent this young lady has, the criminal justice system needs to take action or bring it to an end,” Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney told our affiliate, WISN 12 News.
Mahoney said Norton is not the only Wisconsin driver to do this.
WISN 12 News investigated the issue back in 2010. It found nearly half a million Wisconsin drivers had revoked licenses. Today, law enforcement estimates that number has jumped to around 700,000.
WISN also found thousands of people in Wisconsin who are operating with not just one or two, but dozens of operating while suspended violations.
“Until we begin to address these chronic offenders, which are jeopardizing the safety on our roads all across the state of Wisconsin, we're going to continue to have these problems and the tragedies that accompany them,” Mahoney said.
According an AAA study, drivers with a suspended license are four times more likely to be involved in fatal crash.
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