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: Can you talk about making a left turn at an intersection when you have a green light? Can I enter into the intersection while waiting for a break in traffic? Answer: According to the Minnesota driver's manual, the following are guidelines to follow when making a left turn: • While waiting to turn, keep your wheels straight and your foot on the brake. If your vehicle is struck from the rear, you will be less likely to be pushed into oncoming traffic. • Continue signaling until you begin your turn.
Question: As a bus driver, I have witnessed several drivers using the center turn lanes on 2 and 4 lane roads as merge lanes. While entering the roadway the driver will get across the closest lane of traffic and then travel down the center turn lane until merging into traffic in the far lane. Sometimes the merge goes beyond the next intersection creating a head on situation for drivers that want to turn. These center lanes are not meant to be used as merge lanes are they?
Question: Could you explain the Zipper Merge for merging into construction zones in Minnesota? I have tried using the Zipper Merge many times and it seems that hardly anyone else on the road knows about how it is supposed to work. If another driver intentionally blocks a lane, isn't that against the law? Answer: According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, when a lane is closed in a construction zone motorists should use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in "zipper" fashion into the open lane.
Question: What are the driver's license requirements and equipment laws for the new three-wheel type motorcycle vehicles? Answer: The law changed on this Aug. 1. An auto cycle is a motorcycle that: • has three wheels in contact with the ground; • is designed with seating that does not require operators or any occupants to straddle or sit astride it; • has a steering wheel; • is equipped with antilock brakes; and • is originally manufactured to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards for motorcycles.
Question: I drive truck for a living and was talking with some folks the other day and was wondering if there is any regulation to these bee boxes in proximity to the highway. I travel all over and see a lot of them. I've noticed when I pass by these areas I find quite a few bees blasted on my windshield. They also leave their honey residue on there. I know it's honey because I tasted it.
Question: Can you talk about the history of the Minnesota State Patrol? Answer: I was educated about the history of the Minnesota State Patrol while I was a cadet at the training academy. Listed below are some of the important changes and a timeline on when they occurred. In 1929, Minnesota State Legislature created the Highway Patrol in response to the boom in automobiles. The first chief was Earle Brown. The initial force was comprised of nine men, including Brown.
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.