Ask a trooper: ATV riders need license to ride in rights-of-way
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.
Be advised that a person can still be arrested for a DWI on an ATV. For more information on where you can drive an ATV, check out www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html.
This question also segues into a good reminder to stress that drunk 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. Learn more at minnesotaignitioninterlock.org.
If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow, Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article written by Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol