Question: Can you talk about the law that covers a driver ability to watch a movie, video or broadcast on a cellphone, tablet or computer while driving? What if the passenger is in possession of the device? Answer: There is a law in Minnesota that says that a television screen shall not be installed or used in any motor vehicle where images from the screen are visible to the driver while operating the motor vehicle.
Question: When I learned to drive 50 years ago, my Driver's Ed teacher instructed me to pull into the intersection on a green light, even when there was oncoming traffic, to attempt to make a left turn. I still practice this, green arrows or not. I actually asked a driver's test person at the DMV office about this and was told I am correct, you are supposed to pull into the intersection.
Question: Both my daughter and I have a disability. I have the handicap license plates on my car and she only has a placard. When she drives my car, does she have to use her placard to park? Answer: The registered license plates are designed for you to be able to park that vehicle in a disabled/handicap parking location. If your daughter has her own permit, she would need to display her permit in the vehicle when she is parked in a designated disabled/handicap parking location, as the permit is designed for her.
Question: Are drivers required to use turn signals when entering or exiting a roundabout? With a newly constructed roundabout very recently opened in town, I have not once observed a turn signal used. What is the law? Answer: This is a great question as we are seeing more roundabouts in the state of Minnesota.
Question: I know that Minnesota has made a lot of progress for traffic safety and less people are dying on our roads but what are other states doing? Answer: For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 across the United States. That's a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014 — the most dramatic two-year increase in 53 years.
Question: It is my understanding that a number of antique vehicles from the 1930's and 1940's were constructed with serial numbers (now known as Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs)) pressed into the frame. However, it is my further understanding that these vehicles were not constructed with "public" serial numbers (or VIN's). Can such antique vehicles be sold without a public serial number/VIN? Answer: A vehicle does not need a new style public VIN in order to be sold. It can be sold with its original serial number.
Question: If you are 15 years old and have a farm permit to drive a farm truck, how late at night can you drive?
Question: Recently you talked about the stop arm on a school bus. My question is, if a school bus is stopped on an undivided highway, with the red lights flashing but no stop arm extended, may I proceed around the bus after I stop and it is safe to do so? (I would guess the bus driver is waiting for kids to come out of the house to get on the bus but are running late). Answer: Even with the red lights flashing and no stop arm displayed, you must stop and stay stopped until the red lights are turned off.
Question: I have a question about the Minnesota State Patrol Blood Relays. Recently, one was performed from the twin cities to Redwing. Why did it involve three patrol officers? I know this isn't a great distance and have just been wondering what rules or regulations dictate how this is handled. Answer: Great question as this story was shared on our Facebook page. The Minnesota State Patrol is divided into districts across the state. Within each district is a station that has an assigned number of troopers.
Question: I have discovered that the stop light in my town does not recognize a bicycle. Just wondering how to make a left turn legally? Any suggestions? Is the traffic signal sensitivity adjustable? Answer: A person operating a bicycle or motorcycle may enter or cross an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal against a red light in the following conditions: • the bicycle or motorcycle has been brought to a complete stop • the traffic-control signal continues to show a red light for an unreasonable time