An analysis of Minnesota court records spanning six years found nearly 310,000 convictions of people driving when the law says they can't.
The 2008-2013 convictions include learner's permit violations and convictions for driving with a suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified license or no license at all. The records also show thousands of repeat offenders — drivers who have been convicted more than twice of some type of driver's license violation.
Minnesota State Trooper Jarod Moris says there are more invalid drivers on Minnesota roads than you might think. During a recent ride-along with MPR News and KARE 11, it didn't take long for Moris to find drivers who were on the road despite having their driving privileges suspended or revoked.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, about one in eight Minnesota drivers does not have valid driving privileges.
Victim advocates like Jon Cummings of Minnesotans for Safe Driving say it's hard to prevent people who are determined to drive from getting behind the wheel.
MPR News and KARE 11 have been looking into what police and safe driving advocates describe as a prevalent problem, following a crash last November, in which a car veered off an entrance ramp and plunged into a 6-foot deep holding pond in St. Louis Park.
The incident killed two of the five small children in the car. Police say the driver did not have a valid driver's license.
You can watch the story on kare11.com.