Question: I want to take my nephew to Canada fishing. He got a DUI about 3-5 years ago, so what are the current rules/regulations of crossing the border into Canada if you have a DUI? Answer: This is a good question but does not apply to the Minnesota State Patrol or the United States of America.
Question: I am an Occupational Medicine physician who does DOT driver physical exams. We use a Winnebago RV converted into a medical clinic and set up our "clinic" wherever we are asked to perform these exams, mostly at truck stops, private trucking firm headquarters, shopping centers and so on. I was wondering if freeway rest stops, where there are always plenty of CDL drivers, would be a place I could legally conduct my business? Would I need a permit or other form of permission to do so?
Question: I was recently pulled over for an equipment violation. On the citation there is a box with "pm, m, gm" with the "pm" circled. I'm curious as to what that indicates.
Question: What are the new graduated driver's licensing laws for new drivers? Answer: The 2014 Minnesota Legislature passed a new graduated driver licensing law effective Jan. 1. The new law requires driver education programs to offer a 90 minute class for parents of teens obtaining their instruction permits and provisional driver's licenses. This class will provide information regarding teen driving risks, teen driving laws and adult influences on teen driver behaviors.
Question: I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic of "quotas" came up. He told me that cops have to write a certain amount of tickets each month otherwise they get in trouble. He also said this is why you see so many more out on the streets and highways at the end of the month trying to get their numbers in. Is this true? Answer: No, traffic citation quotas are prohibited in Minnesota.
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.