The snow will be flying soon in Michigan (hopefully) which means snowmobilers will be ready to hit the trails.

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While most riders enjoy hitting the trails and traveling to several bars and restaurants along the way, there's always someone who indulges in a little too much alcohol.

Operating a snowmobile after you've been drinking alcohol can turn into a deadly combination.

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Who Can Legally Drive A Snowmobile in Michigan?

Anyone with a valid driver's license can legally drive a snowmobile in Michigan. Also, anyone over the age of 12 and under the age of 17, with a valid snowmobile safety certificate in their immediate possession, or someone who is being supervised by an adult 21 years or older.

You may not operate a snowmobile if your driver's license has been suspended or revoked by the state of Michigan.


Can You Get Arrested for Driving Drunk on a Snowmobile?

The answer seems like it would be common sense but some people are surprised to hear that the answer is yes. Operating a snowmobile under the influence is considered drunk driving which is illegal.

What Are the Penalties?

According to KVJ, the penalty for authorizing another person to operate a snowmobile while intoxicated or impaired is a misdemeanor conviction punishable by a fine between $100.00 and $500.00, up to 93 days in jail, or both.

Remember to always prioritize safety, respect the rules of Michigan's trails, and make responsible choices. Simply put, have a blast this winter but don't drink and drive on those trails.

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