A bill is making its way through the State Capitol that would prohibit someone from driving a snowmobile, ATV, boat or other recreational vehicle if they have a DWI conviction behind the wheel of a car, and vice-versa.

Republican Senator Jerry Relph from St. Cloud said the bill makes sense because, “If you’re driving an outboard with a 200 horse motor on it, that’s capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, and you’re operating it while you’re intoxicated you should be treated just like operating a motor vehicle.”

The bill was created after an eight-year-old boy was struck and killed in Chisago Lake in January by a snowmobiler who was under the influence and had a recent drunk driving conviction.

The Minnesota United Snowmobile Association’s Doug Franzen said the group takes a strong stance against drinking and snowmobiling and this bill is a step in the right direction.