MN Bill could limit DWI offenders from operating vehicles on road, trails, snow and water

MN Bill could limit DWI offenders from operating vehicles on road, trails, snow and water Click to Enlarge

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.

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.

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