Question: I have a question regarding proof of auto insurance. I am attempting to go "paperless" and do all of my monthly bills online, including my auto insurance.
Question: Could you please tell me the State Patrol rankings from highest to lowest please. Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol is comprised of persons designated by law, as the Chief Supervisor, Chief Assistant Supervisor, Assistant Supervisors, and Troopers. To clarify, the Colonel is the head of the organization, followed by the Lieutenant Colonel. The command staff is further filled out with Majors. The district commanders are Captains. Each district has several field supervisors, Lieutenants. Each station has one sergeant.
In last week's article, I addressed if a vehicle is allowed to have "rubber tracks" and can be used on the highway. This week I will talk about metal studded tires. According to Minnesota State Statute 169.72, "Every solid rubber tire on a vehicle must have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.
Question: If there is a serious injury or fatal crash involving a train, who has primary investigative authority? Is it the railroad company or law enforcement? Can law enforcement request body fluid samples (blood, urine, breath) from the train engineer, using the same criteria used when law enforcement is working a vehicular crash? Answer: It is a two-pronged investigation. Law enforcement would handle the crash report, but the Federal Rail Authority (FRA) has primary jurisdiction over any incident involving a train.
Question: Winter is here and I'm noticing that some people are pushing the snow from their driveways onto the highways. The piles and ice buildup are unsafe, is this illegal? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 160.2715, "it shall be unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon." This prohibits the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads.
Question: I was recently in a stalled vehicle in a dangerous location (where two roads divide) when the alternator went out on my truck so I did not have battery power for emergency flashers or signals. I saw at Fleet Farm they were selling an orange flashing light that magnetically fastens to vehicle. On the package it suggests to check with local officials regarding color of this device. Could I use this orange flashing light on my truck in case I get in this type of situation again?
Question: How long has there been a drunk driving law in Minnesota? Answer: The Minnesota Legislature criminalized DWI in 1911, making "driving while in an intoxicated manner" a misdemeanor. The laws and sanctions addressing DWI have certainly evolved in the past 103 years.
Question: I read your article about tractors going to down the highway to move snow at a neighbors.
Question: I'm getting ready for the winter and preparing to move snow. I would like to know if I am able to drive my tractor on the highway so I can help my neighbors move snow. Answer: Yes you can as long as the tractor has the proper lighting and reflectors.
Question: If I rent a properly licensed and lighted tow dolly from a rental company, can I tow a non-running vehicle that is not licensed (no current plates) and not insured? Do I need tail lights in addition to the dolly lights? Answer: First I will explain what a tow dolly is for those that may not know. A tow dolly is little more than two wheels, an axle and a tow-hitch, used to tow a front-wheel drive suspension vehicle behind a recreational vehicle or other larger vehicle. It is generally designed to tow a vehicle with the front wheels on the tow dolly.