A new law that goes into effect Wednesday means people convicted of driving while intoxicated will lose their driver’s license and be prohibited from operating motor vehicles, along with all-terrain vehicles, motorboats and snowmobiles.
Lawmakers passed the law following the death of an 8-year old in January after being struck by a snowmobiler whose license was revoked after multiple DWI offenses.
The changes apply to violations that occur after Wednesday. Before, people convicted of DWI in a highway-licensed vehicle could still legally operate ATVs, boats and snowmobiles.
Multiple agencies across Minnesota supported the law change. It was passed by the Legislature with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton in May.