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169.1218 Underage drinking and driving.

(a) It is a misdemeanor for a person under the age of 21 years to drive or operate a motor vehicle while consuming alcoholic beverages, or after having consumed alcoholic beverages while there is physical evidence of the consumption present in the person's body.

(b) When a person is found to have committed an offense under paragraph (a), the court shall notify the commissioner of public safety of its determination. Upon receipt of the court's determination, the commissioner shall suspend the person's driver's license or operating privileges for 30 days, or for 180 days if the person has previously been found to have violated paragraph (a) or a statute or ordinance in conformity with paragraph (a).

(c) If the person's conduct violates section 169.121, subdivision 1 or 1a, or 169.1211, the penalties and license sanctions in those laws apply instead of the license sanction in paragraph (b).

(d) An offense under paragraph (a) may be prosecuted either in the jurisdiction where consumption occurs or the jurisdiction where evidence of consumption is observed.

HIST: 1996 c 442 s 12; 1Sp1997 c 2 s 44

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