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.
Question: What does the reduce speed sign that says "when children are present" mean? When children are present where? In school, outside the school, outside the fence? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 169.14 (5a): "Such school speed limits shall be in effect when children are present, going to or leaving school during opening or closing hours or during school recess periods." My understanding is the law refers to when children are "outside" the school. This includes when buses are present and when kids are in crosswalks, on sidewalks and out in the schoolyard.
Question: We have three employees visiting from Nepal for three months who all have their motorcycle licenses (issued from Nepal). Are they legally allowed to drive motorcycles here in the United States with those licenses? What would allow them legally to drive motorcycles or mopeds here? Answer: Yes, they would be allowed to drive. A non-resident who is at least 15 years of age and has in immediate possession a valid driver's license from their home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state.
Question: Is there an age requirement for a driver of a farm tractor? Do they need to be age 15 and have a farm permit? It is the busy fall harvest season and a person see's lots of farm implements on the roadways. Yesterday we were on a county road and came up behind a tractor. This was not a small tractor; I would say it would be a mid-size tractor now days. As we approached, I said to my husband that is a very short driver ahead of us. As we got closer, we could tell it was a very young driver - he could not have been older than 10 or 11 years old. He was not going slow either.
Question: What is the rule for drivers of motorcycles for making left or right turns at intersections? Sometimes they are not heavy enough to trip the signal lights. Someone told me that they could make a left or right turn at a red light if it is safe to do so, after the signal light has cycled once. Please advise, thanks! Answer: Minnesota law addresses when motorcycles, bicycles and mopeds are not detected by control systems at traffic lights, and a signal change does not occur.
Question: Thank you for your informative columns in various Minnesota newspapers. I have clipped many of them out to prove to my younger, know it all brother, that he is wrong! Here is question I have not seen raised. Is it "legal" to leave your dog in a car (summertime) with a/c and car running but locked? We occasionally will do this while grabbing a quick bite to eat or running a fast errand. Asnswer: You are correct, this is a question I have not been asked in my articles.