Question: I've heard the Minnesota State Patrol is carrying around some stuff to help people that might have an issue with opioid abuse. Can you talk more about that? Thanks for all you do! Answer: A Minnesota state trooper's job is surprisingly varied. Sure, you'd expect them to patrol the highways enforcing traffic laws and to help motorists in trouble. But saving people from drug overdoses might not have occurred to you.
Question: I have a short box pick-up. A friend wanted me to carry two 12-foot aluminum boats he had purchased. Being as they would have extended far past my 7 foot or less truck bed, I declined thinking it was too long to be legal. Was I correct? What is the length limit for loads off the rear of a pick-up? Answer: In your situation where you have two 12-foot aluminum boats in the box of a seven-foot pickup, you would be legal if you attached a yellow, red or orange flag during daytime hours and red lights during reduced visibility or nighttime hours.
Question: I do a lot of local driving for work, and every day I see an abundance of vehicles that roll through stops. This happens most frequently in a "right on red" situation. I have seen many near misses by vehicles rolling through a "right on red." I was just wondering what our state law requires of us to do at stop signs/red lights.
Question: How and what does law enforcement do when they come across someone who is deaf or has hearing disabilities? Answer: This is a good question and as a State Trooper I have come across situations dealing with this on traffic stops, motorist assists and crashes.
Question: If I'm driving a friend's car whose license is suspended, if the officer runs the plates and it comes back to my friend, can he pull me over just because the registered owner's license is suspended? Is that probable cause to stop me? My license is valid. Thanks. Answer: While on patrol, we are looking for many types of violations in an attempt to educate, and to enforce Minnesota state laws. I routinely run/check vehicle license plates for many different reasons. Some of them include:
Question: I was stuck at a train crossing the other day for half an hour. What is the law on how long a train can block the road crossing and who do I report this to? How do I get this fixed as it seems to happen far too often?
Question: The law states that an active duty military member with residence in Minnesota can have an expired license. But what will happen if I were to be pulled over for a traffic violation and my license was expired?
Question: I have a concern about the disability parking certificates and the incorrect use of them. We obtained one last year after my husband suffered leg fractures. The instruction sheet that is mailed out by the MN Dept. of Public Safety states, "driving with the hang tag on your mirror could result in a ticket for obstructed view." Generally, the people who are most frequently using these are either elderly, disabled to some degree or both. When attempting to look out the windshield with the tag on the rearview mirror I was amazed at how much visual space is obscured.
Question: Last summer at a stoplight, my car was vibrating from the bass boom of the car next to me. I looked over and saw, what I assume was a person driving—but could see only the outline of his pulled up hoodie. As we drove away, I thought there is no way he is going to be able to hear or see an ambulance or fire truck coming into the intersection on an emergency. While we know driving with extremely loud music and having a driver's peripheral vision blocked isn't wise—is it illegal and is it enforced?
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