Ask a Trooper: Operating ATV With DWI

By KBJR News 1

Ask a Trooper: Operating ATV With DWI

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM CDT

Question: 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.

Answer: 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.

This question begs a good reminder to stress that impaired driving remains a major issue in our state. In the last five years, 651 people were killed in drunk-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 in order 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.