Ask a Trooper: ATVs and DWIs
By: Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol, Lake County News Chronicle
Question:I got a DWI recently , my driver’s license is revoked and I no longer own a motor vehicle. I do have an ATV and was wondering if I need a driver’s license to operate it.
Answer:In general, a valid driver’s license is required to operate an ATV on a road right-of-way (ROW). A driver’s license is not required to operate an ATV on a designated trail that includes a ROW. Also, please be advised that a person can still be arrested for a DWI on an ATV. For more information on where you can drive an ATV, check out http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html.
This question begs a good reminder to stress that impaired driving remains a major issue in our state. In the last five years, 651 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes. Each year, 30,000 people are arrested for DWI.
In Minnesota, repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges. You can learn more about this by going to www.MinnesotaIgnitionInterlock.org.