On average, there are around 30,000 DWI arrests across Minnesota each year. This number may give individuals the false sense that a drunk driving conviction is not that big of a deal. However, even a first time conviction in Minnesota can result in serious penalties. Further, the penalties for even a first-time conviction could stand to get tougher as a federal transportation board requests that all states mandate ignition interlock devices for anyone convicted of drunk driving charges.

Individuals convicted of a DUI can presently apply to have an ignition interlock device, which they must pay to have installed and maintained every month, in an effort to regain their driver’s license. However, if what the transportation board requests is approved, everyone convicted of drunk driving could soon be ordered to do this.