Question: Recently I have noticed quite a few semi-trucks on the freeway with snow and ice blowing off the top of the trailers, sometimes in sheets. I can only imagine what would happen if a sheet came off and struck an unsuspecting vehicle while traveling on the roadway. Is there a requirement to remove the snow/ice prior to traveling with the trailer? Answer: This type of incident would fall under the "Unsecured load" statute. The law says that no vehicle shall be moved on a roadway, unless the load is securely covered to prevent any leaking, blowing, shifting or dropping.
Question: I have a question about U Turns. I looked it up so I believe I know the answer, but many people, including my friend, seem to think they are illegal. As I recall, a U Turn is legal as long as it is not specifically prohibited or is obviously dangerous.
Question: You are at an intersection on a four-lane highway where you cross over the two lanes and you are in the median crossover at a yield sign and wanting to turn left. There is a vehicle across from you at a stop sign wanting to go straight, are you supposed to yield to that vehicle wanting to go straight even though he has the stop sign or does he have to stay stopped until I make my left turn to enter the main line of traffic?
Question: If a person with a CDL (Commercial Driver's License) gets a DWI in a private, personal vehicle and takes a breath test and the test level that applies is .08 or more will he lose his regular driver's license but not the CDL?
Question: What items should I have in my vehicle during this extreme cold weather? What is the proper procedure if I become stranded and/or go off the road? Answer: With the recent below zero temperatures, being prepared with an emergency kit and plan can save your life. We recommend the following items be in your vehicle, especially in the winter: • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats • Snow shovel • Flashlight with extra batteries • Window washer solvent • Ice scraper with brush
Question: With all these smart phones out there, I've heard about being able to get emergency information from them if you find someone in some type of medical emergency where they might be unable to speak or unresponsive altogether. I know you troopers are the first ones to respond to a lot of these types of things, could you write about that? Love the articles and thank you for providing all of your services.
Question: Often I have noticed cars that can't be seen because they do not have lights turned on making them invisible. It is my understanding that when over 40 years ago Sweden made it illegal to have a car's motor running without the lights on, car accidents dropped by 30 percent. If something as simple and inexpensive as this saves lives, why doesn't the USA have such a law? One would think that the insurance companies would demand it.
Question: I was wondering if someone could tell me what the law is on commercial vehicles having window tint? I drive a dump truck and was wondering if window tint is allowed as long as it's the 50 percent that is allowed in passenger vehicles or if it is illegal for dump trucks/semi's to have any window tint. Any advice or a link to where I can find out would be greatly appreciated.
Question: What is the difference between careless or reckless driving? What about "exhibition driving?" Answer: In general, the difference between reckless and careless is that "reckless" is generally "intentional" or the driver "should know" that the driving behavior could injure or kill someone. Here's more detail on how they differ:
Question: I was wondering what the State Patrol uses to write on windows of vehicles when they are broke down alongside the road? It is usually orange in color. Is it a grease pencil or something else and where can I get one? Answer: The State Patrol uses paint markers to help provide Troopers with a record of the date and time when a Trooper first observes an unattended or abandoned vehicle upon a highway. Marking the vehicle facilitates its removal in a timely manner, thereby expediting the safe, orderly flow of traffic.