Question: I want to install a lift kit and put bigger tires on my pickup. I want to comply with all the state laws. What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders? Answer: Adding a lift kit and installing bigger tires and rims are very popular on pickup trucks. Anytime you make any type of modification or alterations to a vehicle's stock suspension and tires/rims, it can change how that vehicle handles and performs. It can also change the way the vehicle handles, steers, brakes and could affect its overall performance.
Question: What are the most common vehicle equipment violations you see? Answer: In my career as a Minnesota State Trooper, I have witnessed and investigated all kinds of common equipment violations. The most common violations I have seen are: • Window tint violations: No vehicle can have any tint to the front windshield. Passenger cars are limited to 50 percent on all side and rear windows. Pickups, vans and SUV's are limited to 50 percent on the front side windows. Pickups, vans and SUV's are not limited on the rear side and rear windows.
Question: So I lost my driver's license. Physically misplaced it and searched high and low and no luck and couldn't find it anywhere. I went to the DVS and applied for a new one. After a while I got it in the mail. Now, several months later I found my old one. So I now have two driver's licenses and both are valid and expire on the same date. What should I and can I do here?
Question: I am interested in becoming a Minnesota State Trooper. Can you give me more information on joining the State Patrol? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol provides for an exciting and meaningful career that goes beyond the highway. Nearly 600 state troopers provide assistance, education and enforcement to the people of Minnesota and provide for safe, efficient movement of traffic on our state's roadways. Fields of expertise are also available to troopers such as: • Crash Reconstruction. • Flight Section. • Commercial Vehicle Inspection.
Question: On most days I observe college students who are wearing dark jackets and hats, listening to "tunes" while walking, or walking in the same direction as motor traffic rather than facing that traffic. This street has no sidewalks so all the walking occurs close to the cars. I am concerned that these young people are putting themselves at risk of becoming victims of motor vehicle - pedestrian accidents. Are there are any laws regarding these behaviors or at least any generally accepted "best practices"?
Question: Can you talk about the open bottle law in Minnesota? Can a person have an alcoholic beverage while operating a boat on a lake? How about if you are a passenger in the back of a motor home? Answer: A motorist cannot consume alcohol in any vehicle while on a public road. This applies when the open containers are within the area of the vehicle accessible to the driver and passengers. A public highway is any road, paved or not, open to the public for vehicular traffic.
Question: What do those words on the door of your squad car "L'ETOILE DU NORD" mean? Answer: Our squad car door badge contains the Seal of Minnesota which has the French phrase "L'Etoile du Nord" meaning "The Star of the North." It became our state motto when it was chosen by our first Governor, Henry Hastings Sibley, and was adopted in 1861, three years after Minnesota was admitted to the union. The State Seal is also included on our badge, hat badge, shoulder patches and tie tac.
Question: I noticed a white and blue pin on a highway patrolman's uniform where a nametag might usually be, what would that stand for? Answer: What you saw was most likely a blue and white service bar that a Trooper received for a life-saving award. This recognition is awarded to State Patrol employees who perform life-saving acts where there's no unusual hazard to the employee involved. The award is for incidents where a person's death was imminent if not for the employee's actions. Here are other service bars awarded to State Patrol employees:
Question: Is it legal for local police or highway patrol to make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all) or does the vehicle have to have some kind of markings? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol has 15 unmarked squad cars operated by troopers whose primary job function is road patrol. Per state statute, these unmarked patrol cars are required to have a door shield (MSP decal). Key words in the statute are "primary function."
Question: I have a legal question for you. I have installed a light located in the wheel well to cast a glow onto the tire and rim. Mine are a purple color. You cannot see the LED light, just the glow. Is it legal for me to drive on the road with this? Thanks! Answer: That color of light would not be allowed. A vehicle can only have a lamp or device that displays a colored light that's required or allowed by Minnesota law. Depending on where the lamp or light is located, typically only amber, red and what is allowed for headlights meet the law.