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S.F. No. 2479 - DWI Changes
Author: Senator Gregory D. Clausen
Prepared By: Kenneth P. Backhus, Senate Counsel (651/296-4396)
Date: March 2, 2018


Section 1 defines “intoxicating substance” in the DWI law to mean drugs or chemicals (as those terms are defined in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 151) that produce impairment.  Clarifies that the term does not include controlled substances or alcohol (these items are already covered under current DWI law).

Section 2 amends the DWI crime by striking the current language relating to the crime of hazardous substance DWI. Replaces this with the crime of driving while under the influence of an intoxicating substance (see section one’s definition). 

Section 3 repeals the current definition of “hazardous substance” in the DWI law since this term will no longer be used.

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