Question: I live in a very small town and see people all the time driving in the wrong direction to collect their mail or visit neighbors. This means they are on the wrong side of the road facing on-coming traffic. I feel like I'm in a foreign country. Is this legal? Thank you in advance for an answer. Answer: Driving down the opposite side of the street/road/highway for any of those reasons is not only illegal, it's unsafe. With spring just around the corner this means increased hazards such as melting snow, icy roads, rain, mist and fog.
Question: I'm getting spring fever and I have a question. Can I run a gas powered bicycle without a license that only goes 20 miles per hour? Answer: Motorized bicycles are registered as mopeds. A motorized bicycle must meet the following requirements: • Electric motor or a liquid-fueled engine with piston displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less. • Maximum of two brake horsepower. • Maximum speed of 30 mph on a flat surface. Any person who has a valid driver's license may operate a moped without taking a moped test.
Question: Can a new driver with a permit start a vehicle without supervision? Or is this act considered operating a vehicle? Answer: In almost 18 years of Law Enforcement, 17 of those with the Minnesota State Patrol, that is the first time I've been asked that question. Researching the laws in the Minnesota State Statutes (M.S.S.), here is what I found: M.S.S. defines "driver" as "every person, who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle." Obviously in Minnesota, a driver's license is required to operate the type of vehicle that your license class applies to.
Question: I recently saw a vehicle going down the highway with one of the car doors left wide open, I believe it was the right rear door of this four-door vehicle. It appeared that the person in the vehicle was hauling something and unable to shut their car door. Whatever they were hauling was sticking out just barely, but the car door was completely open. I was wondering if this is illegal. Answer: If the right rear door was completely open, I would say that was illegal.
Question: I want to take my nephew to Canada fishing. He got a DUI about 3-5 years ago, so what are the current rules/regulations of crossing the border into Canada if you have a DUI? Answer: This is a good question but does not apply to the Minnesota State Patrol or the United States of America.
Question: I am an Occupational Medicine physician who does DOT driver physical exams. We use a Winnebago RV converted into a medical clinic and set up our "clinic" wherever we are asked to perform these exams, mostly at truck stops, private trucking firm headquarters, shopping centers and so on. I was wondering if freeway rest stops, where there are always plenty of CDL drivers, would be a place I could legally conduct my business? Would I need a permit or other form of permission to do so?
Question: I was recently pulled over for an equipment violation. On the citation there is a box with "pm, m, gm" with the "pm" circled. I'm curious as to what that indicates.
Question: What are the new graduated driver's licensing laws for new drivers? Answer: The 2014 Minnesota Legislature passed a new graduated driver licensing law effective Jan. 1. The new law requires driver education programs to offer a 90 minute class for parents of teens obtaining their instruction permits and provisional driver's licenses. This class will provide information regarding teen driving risks, teen driving laws and adult influences on teen driver behaviors.
Question: I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic of "quotas" came up. He told me that cops have to write a certain amount of tickets each month otherwise they get in trouble. He also said this is why you see so many more out on the streets and highways at the end of the month trying to get their numbers in. Is this true? Answer: No, traffic citation quotas are prohibited in Minnesota.
Question: I have a question regarding proof of auto insurance. I am attempting to go "paperless" and do all of my monthly bills online, including my auto insurance.