Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - As motorcycles continue to grow in popularity among men and women of all ages, there's also a growing need to prevent motorcycle crashes.
Last year, 83 motorcyclists died in Wisconsin traffic accidents and nearly 2,000 were injured.
To help prevent deaths and injuries, the Wisconsin State Patrol is urging riders to get trained and licensed. About 35 percent of motorcycle fatalities from 2003 to 2012 involved riders who had not completed the safety training or skills test required to obtain a license.
A regular Class D driver's license for operating automobiles and light trucks is not sufficient for motorcycle operation.
Motorcycle riders must also have a Class M motorcycle license.
Riders who do not have a valid motorcycle license may get a fine of $200 per violation.
Obtaining a motorcycle license is not complicated. Motorcyclists must pass a written test and a road test at a DMV service center.
Motorcyclists who successfully complete one of the following Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program courses do not have to take the road test at the DMV to get their license.