Whiskey Plates in Southern Minnesota: Who Has Them & Why

Fairfield Mankato Leader

(Mankato, MN) – The number of vehicles in southern Minnesota and statewide that are required to display Special Registration or so-called “whiskey plates” continues to grow.

Five years ago, there were about 16,000 vehicles with whiskey plates in the state. That number is now more than 20,000.

The main purpose of whiskey plates (which always start with the letter W) is to raise law enforcement awareness of those with a history of drunk driving.

The whiskey plates are required when a person’s normal plates are impounded for certain violations. That includes those who have two drunk driving or test refusal violations within 10 years, and those convicted of drunk driving with an alcohol concentration of twice the legal limit.

Whiskey plates are also required for those who drive drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle

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