Question: I noticed a dog that was in a vehicle the other day at a local business parking lot and the occupants were not around. I was wondering what I should have done. With the recent warm weather, I can imagine the temperature inside the car must have been dangerously high for that dog. Is there a law against this?
More and more drivers are choosing to take the safe route of lining up a sober ride, however with eight DWI arrests during WE Fest, we know there is still work to be done. The Minnesota State Patrol Detroit Lakes District participated in keeping motorists safe during the 35th annual event, the nation's largest outdoor country music and camping festival, with close to 50,000 attendees coming into the lake country. Several Troopers patrolled areas around the event, from Aug. 1 — 5 and assisted with traffic control.
State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended, and as of Aug. 1, drivers who violate that law will face a larger fine when citations increase from $300 to $500. Stop for School Buses Motorists failing to stop for school buses continues to be a serious issue that risks children's lives. During the annual School Bus Stop Arm Survey earlier this year, 3,659 bus drivers across the state reported 703 stop arm violations in just one day.
Question: When does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) get involved with crashes? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol notifies the NTSB on the following types of crashes. • School bus injuries or death to student passengers. • Public or charter bus crashes resulting in death or injury to occupants. • Railway crossing crashes resulting in two or more deaths, or involving a Commercial Motor Vehicle. • Heavy truck crashes resulting in two or more deaths. • Crashes resulting in five or more deaths.
Question: Can a person drive a semi barefoot? Answer: Yes, a person can drive a passenger vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle barefoot. I am asked this question fairly often. I have seen some footwear that could actually make it difficult for drivers to safely operate a vehicle gas/brake/clutch pedal. When operating a motorcycle or moped, prudent footwear would be the smartest and safest option.
Question: Can you be cited for illegal window tint if you recently purchased the vehicle through a dealer? Can the auto dealer can be charged with the violation? Answer: Citations can be issued to you and the dealer that sold you the vehicle with the illegal window tint. The law says that a new motor vehicle dealer, used motor vehicle dealer, or motor vehicle lessor may not sell or lease a motor vehicle at retail for registration in Minnesota that does not meet the glazing material requirements.
Question: I have a 1929 Ford "Model A" sedan. My question is, I have fenders on rear of the car but not on the front and I can't find any laws on it. Any help in the law or statute of this would help and I do have collector plates on it if that makes a difference. Answer: Every vehicle is required to have fenders. The law does not specify only rear fenders, but that the fenders must protect against things being thrown up and to the rear.
Question: I was told that the speeding fine in a construction zone had gone up recently. Could you also explain the Zipper Merge for merging into construction zones in Minnesota? Answer: With a recent area work zone crash that left two people injured, this is a great time to talk about work zone safety. During the spring and summer months, construction season is in full swing in Minnesota and motorists risk their lives and the lives of others by not slowing down and paying attention.
Question: With some recent wrong way head-on crashes in the area, can you provide some tips on what to do if you see another vehicle coming at you in your lane? Answer: When we receive a call that a vehicle is traveling the wrong way, we treat this as an emergency and respond to the area as quickly as possible. Our goal is to get the vehicle stopped before a crash occurs. I have investigated far too many head-on crashes where occupants have lost their lives or were seriously injured due to a vehicle going the wrong way.
Question: I was skating the other day and wondering about how skaters/rollerbladers should behave on the roads. I am familiar with bike laws - a bicycle is treated like any other vehicle on the road with a few exceptions. What about inline skates? Especially if I'm training, skating pretty fast and consistently with the flow of traffic? Do I act like a bicycle? Or like a pedestrian on go on the other side of the road? Or just stay off the road altogether and try to stick to the sidewalk or paved paths?