Deer hunting season, the holidays, and snow in Minnesota mean thousands of snowmobilers will be hitting the trails over the next few weeks. Make sure you are a responsible friend and driver when it comes to mixing alcohol and sledding.
A person caught driving a snowmobile while under the influence or over the limit can be charged with Snowmobiling while Impaired. The consequences of an SWI offense are almost identical to the consequences of a DWI offense. In Minnesota, a first time violation is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1000 fine, and a one-year loss of snowmobiling privileges. The potential penalties increase for subsequent or aggravated offenses, and can include prison, loss of driving privileges, and forfeiture of the snowmobile. It is also a crime to let someone operate a snowmobile you own or control if you know or have reason to believe they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you’re out with friends riding and bar hopping, keep in mind the amount you’re drinking over the course of each stop. Beers often catch up with people more quickly than they realize. In addition, when it comes to beer, the type and size matters. Nowadays, many beers – especially craft beers – have much higher ABV (alcohol-by-volume) percentages than the old standbys. Shots and mixed drinks can also add up quickly.
Snowmobiling is a fun pastime during the long winter months in Minnesota. Make sure you’re safe and sober while enjoying this great season.
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