MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota lawmakers are cracking down on drunk drivers — on snowmobiles and ATVs.
The move comes after a drunk snowmobile driver killed a Chisago County boy in January who was out ice fishing with his father.READ MORE: Former Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson Fighting Stage 5 Kidney Disease
The case sparked outrage around the state.
Because of a loophole in the law, a drunk driver in a car or truck can still operate a snowmobile or ATV.
Eight-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. died five days after he went ice fishing with his parents on Chisago Lake in January.
He was struck by a snowmobile moving at high speeds. The driver of the vehicle had been drinking, authorities say.READ MORE: Ex-Soldier's Company Works To Provide Security, Peace Of Mind For Churches
What made the case even worse: The snowmobile driver had previous DWIs, and his driver’s license had been revoked three times.
“This shouldn’t happen! This just shouldn’t happen,” said state Rep. Anne Neu (R – North Branch). “This man should never have been on a snowmobile to begin with.”
Neu is now sponsoring a bill to toughen up laws on outdoor vehicles.
It would revoke the driving privileges for a snowmobile or ATV for one year for any person who commits a DWI offense in any vehicle, including cars and trucks.MORE NEWS: Police: Boy's Body Found In Trunk Of Car In Mound, 2 Arrested
“There’s been an outpouring of support in our community for the family of this little boy,” she said. “Everyone is of course shocked and horrified that this could happen.”