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Troopers Crack Down On Motorcycle Riders Who Don't Have Proper License

WASHINGTON - Washington State Troopers can impound your motorcycle if you don't have the proper license. 

They are reportedly taking a zero-tolerance stance against riders who are drunk or driving without the proper endorsement.

The new impounding rules started July 22, 2007.  According to recently released statistics from the Washington State Patrol, almost 40 percent of the riders that die in collisions don't have the proper endorsement.  

Authorities also found that the number of deadly accidents double from 37 in 1994 to 82 in 2006.

Many local riders and troopers report that there are a lot more riders on the road.  State Patrol Officials said that motorcycle registrations have increased 75 percent throughout the last 12 years.

Troopers report that most deadly motorcycle accidents happen on county roads which account for 38 percent of the deadly accidents, followed by state highways at 31 percent and city streets at 22 percent.

Authorities warn riders to make sure they have their endorsement.  They also say do not drink and ride or speed.

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