Unlicensed drivers could be penalized
ST. PAUL -- Sue Vanek could hardly believe it when she was told of the charges facing the unlicensed driver who hit the vehicle carrying her 24-year-old daughter and young granddaughter, injuring both critically.
The Brainerd woman told a House committee that surely a motorist behind the wheel illegally -- and with a long list of previous offenses, including multiple instances of driving without a valid license -- would face more than a pair of misdemeanors. But that is what happened.
“How can a drunk driver be treated differently than a reckless, unlicensed driver when they’re both on the road illegally?” Vanek asked.
Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, that won initial committee approval, those consequences for unlicensed drivers could become more costly. There is no Senate companion bill.