Question: Decades ago, when I got my driver's license, it seems that there had been a height requirement in order to drive a vehicle safely. If the driver's height was too short, then a booster was required to get the driver at a proper driving height for visibility. Today, on the roads and highways, I see many drivers who are positioned to look through the steering wheel to drive. Isn't this a violation, sighting improper visibility for safety on the road? Answer: According to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), there is no specific height that requires an elevated seat restriction.
Question: I have been seeing many tractor trailer rigs where, under the trailer, there is a skirt that I am assuming is for less drag. I have also seen maybe a half a dozen trailers that have an extension off the back of the trailer that I believe is also for increased aerodynamics.
Recently I received my renewed Class D driver's license and I have questions on the restrictions. Question 1: Daylight Driving: What are the hours for daylight driving? Sunrise to sunset or half-hour before sunrise and half-hour after sunset? Answer 1: According to Minnesota State Statute, "daytime" is from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Question 2: 50 MPH MAX: Isn't driving 50 mph on the highway hazardous? What can I do to make it safer? Use flashers? Signal and pull off the road (onto the shoulder) and stop to allow vehicles backed up behind me to pass?
Question: I was at a city council meeting and discussion was held at the meeting regarding the digital speed signs that appear in some communities. They don't mean the portable signs that are placed on highways at various points by the State - but the digital signs that appear on poles, etc., in communities showing the speed at which vehicles are traveling as they pass by. They wondered if a city could purchase these signs and install them on highways going through their communities.
Question: What is the law regarding motorists moving over when meeting a person walking on the roadway? I often walk my dog on the side of the road (but not in the gravel shoulder or grass.) I walk against traffic so the vehicle I'm meeting is very close to me and rarely moves over when the other lane is open and rarely slow down, even to the point of spitting rocks at us. Am I right, are motorists legally supposedly to move over if they can do so safely and slow down? Or am I supposed to quickly get on the shoulder out of fear that they could hit us?
Question: I have heard rumors, urban legend, and even from the people at the county license center that vehicles with collector plates can only be driven on holidays and/or in parades. I have looked at the Minnesota state statutes online several times and I cannot find any restrictions on the use of vehicles with collector plates. I just recently got a 40 year old Rolls Royce up and running (with collector plates). It is fun to drive around but I don't want to be breaking any laws. I do have two other vehicles that require yearly tabs in the state of Minnesota.
Question: I have a one ton pickup that I use on my farm. I was thinking of hooking up my fifth-wheel camper and head out to Arizona but a friend told me I would get a ticket for pulling my camper with a pickup that had farm plates on it. Is that correct? Answer: Yes, that is correct. That would be a violation and you would receive a ticket for that.
Question: What is the law with small farm trailers being exempt from registration? I heard something about a 10,000-pound limit when being pulled by a regular motor vehicle (not a farm tractor), but I want to know the facts. A neighbor-friend of mine got ticketed for no Minnesota registration for hauling a lot less weight than that on his farm trailer being pulled with a pickup truck, but he thought he was exempt. He was helping me haul some large, old household items to the dump with it, so I kind of feel partially responsible.
Question: My wife and I have a larger motorcycle and love to ride. We have a six-year-old grandchild that wants to go along. The state motorcycle guide says you should not have a child ride in front of you, but behind you instead. It doesn't say you can't, it says you shouldn't. It also says the passenger must be able to reach the foot pedals. My question is, can our grandchild ride (sandwiched) between us? I feel this would be safe, but is it legal? Answer: The motorcycle guide is not the law, it is a summary, and your interpretation of what it says may be incorrect.
Question: Within the past few years or so, we had a four-lane with bike lanes and a middle turn lane through town. Many people are using that middle turn lane to pull out into and then merge into the traffic on left hand turns - it really is very dangerous. I really wish that this would be covered for a period of time by law enforcement issuing warnings or even citations so that people get educated. I think we need information sent out about the protocol for using the middle turn lane that both directions are to use and who has the right of way concerning the bicycle lane.