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.
Question: I've noticed that the tabs on our license plates change color every year. Who decides what color the Minnesota registration tabs on license plates should be? Answer: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) use five colors for registration stickers: red, gold, blue, green and white. DVS chose those colors with the intention that they will be easily visible and recognizable for law enforcement.
Question: I like to drive with my tailgate down on my pickup for better gas mileage. The other day, a friend told me this was illegal. Is that true?
Question: I have heard a lot about "click it or ticket" recently, I thought seatbelt use was at an all-time high? Answer: The 2015 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey shows 94 percent compliance for front seat occupants. In 1987, there were 4,176 vehicle occupants who suffered severe injuries in traffic crashes — that number has dropped substantially to 745 in 2015. In a three year period (2013 — 2015), 44 percent of the 832 people killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts. In 2015 alone, 91 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads.
Question: Can you talk about what is legal when it comes to ATV operation and where they can be operated? Answer: When it comes to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) laws and regulations it all depends on what type of ATV you have and where it will be operated. There are two classes of ATVs. This had changed on July 1, 2015. Class 1 is an ATV with a total width of 50 inches or less. Class 2 is an ATV with a total width that is greater than 50 inches but not more than 65 inches wide. ATV general operations
Question: My son is involved in school patrol at his school and I would like to know more about Legionville School Patrol Camp. Answer: There is a lot of information about Legionville School Patrol Training Camp. The Camp is where school patrol students are taught the fundamentals of school patrol, school bus safety, bicycle and pedestrian safety. It is located just north of Brainerd, and it operated by the American Legion, using State Patrol Troopers as instructors. I will be one of the instructors again this year.