In last week's article, I addressed if a vehicle is allowed to have "rubber tracks" and can be used on the highway. This week I will talk about metal studded tires. According to Minnesota State Statute 169.72, "Every solid rubber tire on a vehicle must have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.
Question: If there is a serious injury or fatal crash involving a train, who has primary investigative authority? Is it the railroad company or law enforcement? Can law enforcement request body fluid samples (blood, urine, breath) from the train engineer, using the same criteria used when law enforcement is working a vehicular crash? Answer: It is a two-pronged investigation. Law enforcement would handle the crash report, but the Federal Rail Authority (FRA) has primary jurisdiction over any incident involving a train.
Question: Winter is here and I'm noticing that some people are pushing the snow from their driveways onto the highways. The piles and ice buildup are unsafe, is this illegal? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 160.2715, "it shall be unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon." This prohibits the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads.
Question: I was recently in a stalled vehicle in a dangerous location (where two roads divide) when the alternator went out on my truck so I did not have battery power for emergency flashers or signals. I saw at Fleet Farm they were selling an orange flashing light that magnetically fastens to vehicle. On the package it suggests to check with local officials regarding color of this device. Could I use this orange flashing light on my truck in case I get in this type of situation again?
Question: How long has there been a drunk driving law in Minnesota? Answer: The Minnesota Legislature criminalized DWI in 1911, making "driving while in an intoxicated manner" a misdemeanor. The laws and sanctions addressing DWI have certainly evolved in the past 103 years.
Question: I read your article about tractors going to down the highway to move snow at a neighbors.
Question: I'm getting ready for the winter and preparing to move snow. I would like to know if I am able to drive my tractor on the highway so I can help my neighbors move snow. Answer: Yes you can as long as the tractor has the proper lighting and reflectors.
Question: If I rent a properly licensed and lighted tow dolly from a rental company, can I tow a non-running vehicle that is not licensed (no current plates) and not insured? Do I need tail lights in addition to the dolly lights? Answer: First I will explain what a tow dolly is for those that may not know. A tow dolly is little more than two wheels, an axle and a tow-hitch, used to tow a front-wheel drive suspension vehicle behind a recreational vehicle or other larger vehicle. It is generally designed to tow a vehicle with the front wheels on the tow dolly.
Question: What does the reduce speed sign that says "when children are present" mean? When children are present where? In school, outside the school, outside the fence? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 169.14 (5a): "Such school speed limits shall be in effect when children are present, going to or leaving school during opening or closing hours or during school recess periods." My understanding is the law refers to when children are "outside" the school. This includes when buses are present and when kids are in crosswalks, on sidewalks and out in the schoolyard.
Question: We have three employees visiting from Nepal for three months who all have their motorcycle licenses (issued from Nepal). Are they legally allowed to drive motorcycles here in the United States with those licenses? What would allow them legally to drive motorcycles or mopeds here? Answer: Yes, they would be allowed to drive. A non-resident who is at least 15 years of age and has in immediate possession a valid driver's license from their home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state.