In an effort to promote responsible snowmobile and off-highway vehicle use, and to protect individuals who allow their land to be used for trails, civil penalties will increase for certain off-highway vehicle violations and new civil penalties are created for certain snowmobile violations and violations of trespass laws involving an off-highway vehicle or a snowmobile.
Fines for off-highway vehicle violations will increase from $100 to $250 for a first offense, $200 to $500 for a second offense and $500 to $1,000 for third and subsequent offenses. These increased amounts will also be the civil penalty amounts for the new civil penalties for snowmobile violations and for trespass violations involving an off-highway vehicle or snowmobile. Fines collected from citations involving snowmobiles will go to the snowmobile trails and enforcement account.
The law is effective Aug. 1, 2022.
Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) and Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point) are the sponsors.