Question: I often see piles along the edge of state highways where semi drivers have either leaked or emptied out their hopper trailers, usually grains and even fertilizers. Isn't this a problem that attracts wildlife to the roadway? As well as hazardous material dumping in the form of fertilizer? Answer: All of these can be issues for the things you mention. State law requires that all vehicles must be constructed, loaded, or the load securely covered as to prevent any of its cargo from dropping, sifting, leaking, blowing, or otherwise escaping therefrom.
Question: In my city, there is a double yellow line on the main roadway and yet some motorists cross both lines to park against oncoming traffic, many at dark with headlights on. Why is this allowed without warning or a ticket? Answer: A crash can occur anytime a driver chooses to cross over a solid or double solid yellow/white line. Engineers and safety personnel place these lane markers in areas where it's unsafe to pass.
Question: I moved to Minnesota from Arizona about a year ago and I have a car that has tinted windows. What is the window tint law in Minnesota? Answer: Even if your previous state allowed tinted windows, you will now need to comply with Minnesota law: • No vehicle can have ANY tint to the front windshield. • Passenger cars are limited to 50% on all side and rear windows. • Pickups, vans, and SUV's are limited to 50% on the front side windows.
Question: What is the law regarding fastening bike carriers and other items to the back of a vehicle, which block the ability to read the rear license plate? Answer: It is illegal if any part of the taillight or license plate is blocked by a bike, carrier or any other object. A vehicle built after 1960 must have two red tail lights that are plainly visible at 500 feet to the rear, and the license plate must be displayed in a manner that the view of any plate or permit is not obstructed.
Question: Why have they not passed a law regarding animals hanging out a driver's side window, paws on the steering wheel and animals jumping from the front seat to the backseat? I see this so often and most of the time it is elderly people, which I am. Turning the radio on and off is one thing, but an animal moving all over the car or distracting the driver is absurd. Answer: I agree that having a pet loose in a vehicle can be very dangerous to the occupants, the pet and others that are sharing the road with this vehicle.
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: Minnesota state law says that a signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning. A person whose vehicle is exiting a roundabout is exempt from this law. So per state law a signal is not required once in a roundabout.
Question: I was at a car show last year and saw an old Minnesota State Patrol 1970s MOPAR squad car on display and thought it was an anniversary edition. Do you happen to know any more about that?
Question: I was wondering what to do at pedestrian flashing crosswalk lights. Am I to wait till the lights stop flashing and the crosswalk is clear of pedestrians or can I go forward when it is safe to?
Question: I moved to Minnesota two days ago. I am living with a cousin of mine in Minnesota. I am writing to you concerning driving legally within the state. Back in my native country, Kenya, I am licensed to drive and currently I have that license with me. I also obtained an international driving permit from the necessary licensing body back in Kenya. Are these documents sufficient to allow me to drive within the State of Minnesota before I am able to acquire the State's Driving License? Thank you for your time and consideration.
Question: What is the law about pickup trucks with the flashing amber lights? I noticed some of them traveling down the road when they are not actively plowing. Also, is there a law against plowing or blowing snow onto a public road? Answer: With the recent amount of record snowfall that we received, it can be a challenge for all of us to remove snow safely.