DNR officials, lawmakers, family members of 8-year-old Alan Keisenkoetter and supporters spoke at a press conference Tuesday, July 31, to explain a new DWI law, dubbed “Little Alan’s Law,” that will more consistently apply penalties for drivers to those of users of recreational vehicles.
Following the tragic death of 8-year-old Alan Keisenkoetter, killed by an impaired snowmobile driver on Chisago Lake last winter, Senator Mark Koran, R-North Branch, and Representative Anne Neu, R-North Branch, introduced legislation that removes some long-standing loopholes for operators of snowmobiles, ATVs and motor boats.
Under the new law, persons convicted of driving under the influence or refusing a sobriety assessment will be prohibited from operating recreational vehicles like snowmobiles, jet skis, ATVs and motor boats for one year. Those arrested for a first offense while operating recreational vehicles will now also be subject to chemical-use assessments. In addition, the ‘not-a-drop’ statute for underage people will also apply to the operation of recreational equipment.