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S.F. No. 753 - Recreational Vehicle DWIs
Author: Senator Mark Johnson
Prepared By: Kenneth P. Backhus, Senate Counsel (651/296-4396)
Date: January 31, 2019


SF No. 753 addresses a gap in the DWI-related laws for snowmobiles, ATVs, and motorboats. Under current law, a person who is convicted of a DWI in one of those vehicles or who refuses to comply with a lawful request to submit to testing under the DWI law will lose the person’s operating privilege.  However, if the person takes and fails the mandated test but isn’t convicted of the criminal DWI, the person does not lose the person’s operating privilege.  This gap does not exist in the DWI-related laws applicable to motor vehicles. SF No. 753 closes this gap by providing for a loss of operating privileges in these test failure cases.

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