Ask a Trooper: Driving after a DWI

“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol

Q: I got a DWI recently and 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?

A: 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. 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 also segues into a good reminder that drunken driving remains a major issue in our state. In the past five years, 651 people were killed in drunken driving crashes. Each year, 30,000 people are arrested for DWI.

In Minnesota, repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at an alcohol-concentration level of 0.16 and above, must use ignition interlock 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. Learn more at MinnesotaIgnitionInterlock.org.

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