As we enter a new 2023 snowmobiling season, it is important to keep safety in mind when operating snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles this winter. In 2018, Little Alan’s Law (Minnesota Statutes section 183) was passed and created zero-tolerance DWI laws for these vehicles after a drunk snowmobile driver caused the death of an 8-year-old in Minnesota.
Now, if you get charged with a DWI or DWI Test Refusal, you can get your license revoked and be prohibited from driving any motor vehicle or off-road recreational vehicle for a period of time, regardless of whether you were driving a car, truck, snowmobile, ATV, or motorboat when you were arrested.
Additionally, those who receive a DWI charge while driving an off-road recreational vehicle are subject to the same conditions as if they had been driving a car on the highway: chemical use assessments, conditional release, and plate impoundment—not to mention the possibility of jail or prison time and significant fines.
Seriously injuring or causing the death of someone while driving any motor vehicle or off-road recreational vehicle intoxicated can also result or criminal vehicular operation or criminal vehicular homicide charges.
Remember, the risks of hopping onto your snowmobile after a few drinks at the bar far outweigh the convenience. As always, there are many nuances when it comes to DWIs. If you are facing DWI charges or believe charges are forthcoming, reach out to our attorneys here at Brandt Kettwick Defense.