Michigan OWI on a Snowmobile

Question: Can I get an OWI on a snowmobile in Michigan?

Answer: We handle cases involving snowmobiles on a fairly regular basis. It’s very popular in Michigan, particularly northern Michigan. And if a person is, which is common, moving from one trail to another over a roadway, the period of time when they are traveling across the roadway, they can be found guilty of drunk driving just as if they were operating a car or an automobile.

So it really depends on where they’re at. If they’re driving from one trail to the next and they’re on the shoulder of a roadway, they can also be charged with an operating while intoxicated just as if they were in an automobile. But if they’re on the trail and that trail is not otherwise generally open to the public for non-recreational vehicles, then it’s a different statute.

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