Question: If our semi-truck/trailer combo weight is over 10,000 pounds what are the requirements for labeling the trailer? We know the USDOT number and company name need to be displayed on both sides of the truck tractor, but are not sure what is required for the trailer itself. Answer: There are no requirement for labeling a trailer other than a unit number. For example; trailer number 1 or number 57 or whatever number you chose to give the trailer would work. The power unit (truck tractor) would need a unit number also.
Question: Other night my coworker got pulled over and was given warning about ride height. It was not slammed to the ground but the trooper said that it was illegal. What is the MN state law for ride height? Answer: Typically we get questions about how high a vehicle can be and what is the maximum bumper height, but the law applies to both high and low profile vehicles.
Question: My ex-husband was pulled over a few months back and charged with a DWI. Per his report he paid just about $1,000 in fines prior to his court date. In court he was fined another $400 AND THAT WAS IT! He was not ordered to place the "whiskey plates" on his truck. He had a suspended license for a measly 30 days.
Question: When Troopers pull over a vehicle, why do they approach it on the traffic side rather than the passenger window? I have observed some other law enforcement agencies approach from the passenger side and thought it made sense from a safety perspective. Answer: Which side the officer approaches during a traffic stop comes down to personal preference. Officers are trained in both approaches, and they both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Question: I brought my grandchildren to school the other day to help out their parents. I couldn't help but notice there were several children out next to the intersections and crosswalks wearing traffic vest and holding flags. I asked my grandkids what this was all about and they mentioned it was the "school patrol." Could you tell me more about this? Thank you. Answer: The school patrol has been around for nearly 100 years. As a matter of fact, I have son that is serving on the school patrol this year also!
Question: Can you explain the new Real ID and Driver's License process in Minnesota?
Question: I heard one of my neighbors got pulled over by a State Trooper for driving his combine down the road. The Trooper told him he needed a pilot car. Is this true? Answer: Farm equipment may be driven or towed to the left of the center of a roadway only if it is escorted at the front by a vehicle displaying hazard warning lights visible in normal sunlight. The equipment also must not extend into the left half of the roadway more than is necessary.
Question: Is it a violation if the third brake light quits working on a passenger vehicle? What about a vehicle that is equipped with a brake light(s) that flash or pulsate? Answer: The state statute says that a vehicle equipped with stop lamps or signal lamps shall at all times be maintained in good working condition. So all brake lights, including the third one, would have to be operational when activated.
Question: Can a state trooper write a traffic ticket for an infraction that they did not witness? Answer: A peace officer may arrest or issue a citation for a traffic violation and a number of other misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offenses even though the officer didn't see it. The traffic infractions include: • Driving through columns of school children (within 4 hours) • DWI • Failure to stop at a railroad crossing (within 4 hours) • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle (within 4 hours) • Railroad crossing violation (within 4 hours)
Question: I am new to the school bus world and have recently begun running a non-profit school bus company. Today I had a driver report a stop arm violation and I am uncertain where I direct those reports to in order for law enforcement to follow up. I did a little research and the only thing I was able to find as a helpful reference, aside from the MN State Statutes, is an article you were quoted in.