People convicted of driving while intoxicated in Minnesota will lose their driver’s license and also be stripped of their privilege to operate boats, snowmobiles and ATVs under “Little Alan’s Law” which took effect August 1, 2018.
The Minnesota Legislature passed the law to close a DWI loophole following the death of 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., who was struck by a snowmobile on Lake Chisago that was driven by a man whose license had been revoked after multiple DWIs.
Before the change in Minnesota’s DWI law, people convicted of DWI in a car could legally operate boats, ATVs and snowmobiles. The changes apply to violations that occur on or after August 1st. The Minnesota DNR says the change sends the message that drinking and driving – no matter what the vehicle – is unacceptable and carries severe consequences.
“We have zero tolerance for people who endanger themselves and other people by operating a motor vehicle or recreational vehicle while they’re intoxicated,” said Col. Rodmen Smith, director of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Enforcement Division. “This new law should send the message that drinking and driving – no matter what the vehicle – isn’t acceptable and the consequences are severe.”