Question: I read your article from 2014 concerning collector plates. I have a related question. I have a 20-year-old car that would qualify for collector plates. Collector plates are usually a single plate if I'm not mistaken. I currently have regular passenger car plates on the vehicle. Can I run a single regular plate on the car and be in compliance? For me the yearly registration fee is not an issue. Answer: If a vehicle has regular plates issued, it must display both the front and back plate. Displaying only a single plate on the back is legal if the vehicle:
Question: I've been helping my neighbor prep for sale a 1955 Ford pickup that has been in her family since new. I noticed the other day that the VIN plate is missing from the glove box door (the rivet holes are still there). It must have been lost by the body shop that painted the truck about 15 years ago, and is now out of business. I was able to locate the VIN stamped into the frame and it matches the VIN listed on the Title. I don't believe the engine or any sheet metal had VIN numbers back then. Can we legally sell this truck without that plate?
Question: I just wanted to suggest a topic for your Ask a Trooper column in the paper. What are the rules when a traffic light is out, because of a power outage for example? I treat them as a four-way stop, which I believe is correct. It seems, however, that not everybody that was driving through this intersection agreed with me. My daughter nearly got hit in the intersection, from a driver that felt they had the right of way.
Question: I read about a recent study by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety, found that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the previous year. How many "road rage" incidents are reported to the State Patrol on a yearly basis?
Question: Can you talk about railroad crossing safety and the laws that cover it? Answer: In my career, I had responded and investigated train/vehicle crashes where the majority of them resulted with a fatality or a serious injury to the vehicle occupants. Collisions with trains are mostly preventable. In Minnesota, failure to yield the right of way, disregard of a traffic control device, improper turn and inattention and impatience are cited as the most common factors contributing to motor vehicle/train crashes.
Question: I have two questions for you. Do I need a hood on my car to operate it legally? What is the law regarding vehicle fenders and tires sticking out beyond the sides of a vehicle? Answer: There is nothing in Minnesota law requiring a hood on a motor vehicle while in transport.
Question: I frequently encounter a traffic situation while riding my bicycle. I ride with traffic and adhere to the same rules as when I'm behind the wheel of my own vehicle. When I come to a stop sign on my bike and the crossing traffic does not have the same, many drivers will stop and attempt to wave me across. I will wave the polite crossing driver to move along. My thought is I'm riding in a lane of traffic and want to be treated the same as other traffic. If I want to be treated as a pedestrian, I will dismount my bike and cross at the crosswalk.
Question: There was a story in the news about a recent hit and run fatal crash where the State Patrol was looking for the public's help in locating the vehicle that fled. How many hit and run incidents are there in Minnesota and what is the law that covers this? Answer: As a State Patrol public information officer, I will ask the media and public to assist us in identifying a driver or vehicle in a hit and run type incident. Below are "Hit and Run" crash statistics from the past two years.
Question: What are the seat belt law exemptions in Minnesota? Answer: Law enforcement is focused on educating the public on the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt in a motor vehicle. Working as a state trooper for the last 18 years, I have seen the tragic outcomes that result all too often when not wearing a seatbelt. I encourage everyone to use a seatbelt if possible. With that said, there are some exemptions (MN state statute 169.686 Sub2): • A person driving a passenger vehicle in reverse. • When all belts are occupied by other persons.
Question: Isn't it a state law that trucks that haul loose loads such as gravel and granite pieces must have their loads covered? I have lived at my current address for 40 years now and I have seen very few of these kinds of loads covered. With the winds that we have combined with the fast rate of speed these trucks travel, it makes for a very dangerous condition to walkers and drivers along and on a highway.