Winter outdoor enthusiasts, beware: you will be charged if you are found operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. Much like a DWI, reckless behavior while under the influence carries consequences including jail time and hefty fines.
A first time violation is punishable up to 90 days in jail, $1000 fine, and the loss of snowmobiling privileges for one year. Any additional aggravating factors, increases the time and punishment, including:
- DWI history
- Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) greater than 0.16
- Presence of child under 16 on the snowmobile at time of offense
A history of DWIs and a criminal background may increase the potential penalty.
Snowmobiling safety laws, set into effect in 2018, also relate to charges with boats and ATVs. Plan a sober ride this winter, whether you’re taking the road or the slopes home.