Question: Is it a violation if the third brake light quits working on a passenger vehicle? What about a vehicle that is equipped with a brake light(s) that flash or pulsate? Answer: The state statute says that a vehicle equipped with stop lamps or signal lamps shall at all times be maintained in good working condition. So all brake lights, including the third one, would have to be operational when activated.
Question: Can a state trooper write a traffic ticket for an infraction that they did not witness? Answer: A peace officer may arrest or issue a citation for a traffic violation and a number of other misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offenses even though the officer didn't see it. The traffic infractions include: • Driving through columns of school children (within 4 hours) • DWI • Failure to stop at a railroad crossing (within 4 hours) • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle (within 4 hours) • Railroad crossing violation (within 4 hours)
Question: I am new to the school bus world and have recently begun running a non-profit school bus company. Today I had a driver report a stop arm violation and I am uncertain where I direct those reports to in order for law enforcement to follow up. I did a little research and the only thing I was able to find as a helpful reference, aside from the MN State Statutes, is an article you were quoted in.
Question: I am wondering what your thoughts are and the legal reprimands with people getting out of their cars to do the "in my feelings/Kiki challenge." I've seen so many videos of people getting out of their car, while driving to dance alongside the moving car while people record them dancing to a song by Drake who started this entire ordeal. Personally I think it's dangerous and very dumb for people to be hopping out of a moving car while driving.
Question: I have a question about carrying a driver's license while operating a vehicle. It was passed on to me that in Minnesota one must have the driver's license in the front seat area or glove compartment. Having it in a purse or backpack in the backseat or trunk is not allowed. Is this correct information? If so, what is the reason?
Question: Do I need an oversize or wide load permit to haul a boat lift that is over nine feet wide to my cabin? Answer: You would need to obtain a permit because the width is over 8 feet 6 inches. Hauling oversized items without a permit or escorts (if required) can be dangerous and is illegal. Troopers and private escort companies are required to be trained and certified. An oversize and/or overweight permit is required when: • An overall loaded width exceeds 8 feet 6 inches. • An overall loaded height exceeds 13 feet 6 inches.
Question: If I sell my vehicle to a private party, what do you recommend I do to protect myself in the event the new owner gets into a crash or is arrested prior to them transferring the title into their name? Answer: This can be an issue for you if the vehicle you sold is ever involved in a hit and run or pursuit and the driver flees the scene. Law enforcement may be contacting the registered owner in an attempt to locate that person who was driving.
Question: Can a person park their camper trailer in the ditch of a highway? Answer: Leaving or parking a camper or travel trailer in the ditch or on any highway right-of-way is illegal. A highway right-of-way typically extends near the top of the outside slope. It would only be allowed where signs designate it as a campsite.
Question: What is the proper way to address a patrol officer, if the rank is unknown? Answer: This is a good question and really depends on the law enforcement organization. Here are the ways to address a law enforcement member from each organization below if you're uncertain of their rank: • State Patrol — trooper • Local/Municipal Agency — officer • Sheriff's Office — deputy • Department of Natural Resources — officer
Question: Can a young driver with a North Dakota Driving Permit legally drive in Minnesota? How about in other states? Answer: No, they cannot legally drive in Minnesota. In Minnesota, a nonresident who is at least 15 years old may drive here if they have in their immediate possession a valid driver's license from their home state or country. If you are traveling in other states, I would recommend checking with them on their laws prior to making your trip.