Snowmobile Accident Inspires new Minnesota DWI law
Republican Rep. Anne Neu of North Branch says there's currently a loophole.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The death of an 8-year-old boy who was struck by a snowmobile has spurred Minnesota legislators to advance a bill that would make drunk driving an offense no matter the vehicle being operated.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that the House transportation committee approved a bill to allow for DWI convictions whether they’re on the road, trails or snow.
The bill would limit someone with a drunken driving offense issued while operating a car from operating other vehicles, such as a snowmobile.
Republican Rep. Anne Neu of North Branch says there’s currently a loophole.
Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. suffered severe brain damage and died in January after he was struck on Chisago Lake.
Prosecutors say the snowmobile’s driver, Eric Coleman, was intoxicated and has a history of drunk driving and license revocations.