Question: If a person with a CDL (Commercial Driver's License) gets a DWI in a private, personal vehicle and takes a breath test and the test level that applies is .08 or more will he lose his regular driver's license but not the CDL?
Question: What items should I have in my vehicle during this extreme cold weather? What is the proper procedure if I become stranded and/or go off the road? Answer: With the recent below zero temperatures, being prepared with an emergency kit and plan can save your life. We recommend the following items be in your vehicle, especially in the winter: • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats • Snow shovel • Flashlight with extra batteries • Window washer solvent • Ice scraper with brush
Question: With all these smart phones out there, I've heard about being able to get emergency information from them if you find someone in some type of medical emergency where they might be unable to speak or unresponsive altogether. I know you troopers are the first ones to respond to a lot of these types of things, could you write about that? Love the articles and thank you for providing all of your services.
Question: Often I have noticed cars that can't be seen because they do not have lights turned on making them invisible. It is my understanding that when over 40 years ago Sweden made it illegal to have a car's motor running without the lights on, car accidents dropped by 30 percent. If something as simple and inexpensive as this saves lives, why doesn't the USA have such a law? One would think that the insurance companies would demand it.
Question: I was wondering if someone could tell me what the law is on commercial vehicles having window tint? I drive a dump truck and was wondering if window tint is allowed as long as it's the 50 percent that is allowed in passenger vehicles or if it is illegal for dump trucks/semi's to have any window tint. Any advice or a link to where I can find out would be greatly appreciated.
Question: What is the difference between careless or reckless driving? What about "exhibition driving?" Answer: In general, the difference between reckless and careless is that "reckless" is generally "intentional" or the driver "should know" that the driving behavior could injure or kill someone. Here's more detail on how they differ:
Question: I was wondering what the State Patrol uses to write on windows of vehicles when they are broke down alongside the road? It is usually orange in color. Is it a grease pencil or something else and where can I get one? Answer: The State Patrol uses paint markers to help provide Troopers with a record of the date and time when a Trooper first observes an unattended or abandoned vehicle upon a highway. Marking the vehicle facilitates its removal in a timely manner, thereby expediting the safe, orderly flow of traffic.
Question: Do I need to have a mirror on the outside passenger side of the door on my pickup truck? It has one on the driver's side and a rear view on the windshield.
Question: What is the law in regards to age for a child to ride in a sidecar of a motorcycle? Thanks. Answer: There is nothing in statute that regulates age, but helmet and eye protection laws do apply for sidecar passengers. If the sidecar has a seat belt, then the applicable belt laws also apply for a child passenger (car seats, booster seats, etc.)
Question 1: How long do I have before I need to update my address on my driver's license after moving? Answer 1: Anytime a person moves in Minnesota to a new address within this state, they need to update their driver's license within 30 days. If a person moved to Minnesota from another state, they have 60 days to change their driver's license and address over to Minnesota. The same also applies to those changing their name on a driver's license. Note - Students that are attending college are generally exempt and can still use their parents address.