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CHAPTER 104-H.F.No. 901 An act relating to drivers' licenses; requiring additional information in drivers' education programs, the driver's license examination, and the driver's manual regarding the legal and financial consequences of violating DWI-related laws; amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 169.121, by adding a subdivision; and 171.13, subdivisions 1 and 1b. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 169.121, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 12. [DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAMS.] Driver training courses offered through the public schools and driver training courses offered by private or commercial schools or institutes shall include instruction which must encompass at least: (1) information on the effects of consumption of beverage alcohol products and the use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and nonprescription drugs on the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle; (2) the hazards of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and (3) the legal penalties and financial consequences resulting from violations of laws prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 171.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [APPLICANTS.] Except as otherwise provided in this section, the commissioner shall examine each applicant for a driver's license by such agency as the commissioner directs. This examination must include a test of applicant's eyesight; ability to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning, and directing traffic; knowledge of traffic laws; knowledge of the effects of alcohol and drugs on a driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and legally, and of the legal penalties and financial consequences resulting from violations of laws prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; knowledge of railroad grade crossing safety; knowledge of slow-moving vehicle safety; an actual demonstration of ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of a motor vehicle; and other physical and mental examinations as the commissioner finds necessary to determine the applicant's fitness to operate a motor vehicle safely upon the highways, provided, further however, no driver's license shall be denied an applicant on the exclusive grounds that the applicant's eyesight is deficient in color perception. Provided, however, that war veterans operating motor vehicles especially equipped for handicapped persons, shall, if otherwise entitled to a license, be granted such license. The commissioner shall make provision for giving these examinations either in the county where the applicant resides or at a place adjacent thereto reasonably convenient to the applicant. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 171.13, subdivision 1b, is amended to read: Subd. 1b. [DRIVER'S MANUAL; ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.] (a) The commissioner shall include in each subsequent edition of the driver's manual published by the department a chapter relating to: (1) the effect of alcohol consumption on highway safety and on the ability of drivers to safely operate motor vehicles
and; (2) a summary of the laws of Minnesota on operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance; and (3) the legal penalties and financial consequences resulting from violations of laws prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (b) This chapter shall also include information on the dangers of driving at alcohol concentration levels below the legal limit for alcohol concentration, and specifically state that: (1) there is no "safe" level or amount of alcohol that an individual can assume will not impair one's driving performance or increase the risk of a crash; (2) a driver may be convicted of driving while impaired whether or not the driver's alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit for alcohol concentration; and (3) a person under the legal drinking age may be convicted of illegally consuming alcohol if found to have consumed any amount of alcohol, and if that person was driving during or after the consumption of alcohol is subject to driver's license suspension. Sec. 4. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Sections 1 to 3 are effective July 1, 1995. Presented to the governor April 28, 1995 Signed by the governor May 1, 1995, 2:42 p.m.