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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. 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 www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html.
This question is a good reminder to stress that impaired 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 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, 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. You can learn more about this by going to www.MinnesotaIgnitionInterlock.org.
Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.