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Ask a Trooper - 9.7.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Has the law requiring vehicles operated on roadways to have sound suppression devices (mufflers) been changed?

I see vehicles with straight pipes, motorcycles with straight pipes, and hear many others that sound as if they have no suppression.

If the law is there, why is it not enforced?

Answer: The law has not changed. This is what the Minn. State Statute 169.69 states: “Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order which blends the exhaust noise into the overall vehicle noise and is in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise, and no person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass, or similar device upon a motor vehicle on a street or highway. The exhaust system shall not emit or produce a sharp popping or crackling sound. Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with such parts and equipment so arranged and kept in such state of repair as to prevent carbon monoxide gas from entering the interior of the vehicle. No person shall have for sale, sell, or offer for sale or use on any motor vehicle any muffler that fails to comply with the specifications as required by the commissioner of public safety.”

The law does not specifically answer how loud a motorized vehicle can be, but it does say that a vehicle must have a good working muffler that prevents “excessive or unusual noise”. So any cutouts or bypasses, straight pipes, or rusted out mufflers and exhaust with holes are all illegal. After market mufflers, sometimes called “glass packs” or “cherry bombs”, can be an issue as they may produce “a sharp popping or crackling sound”.

Some counties and cities have local noise ordinances. Some of these cover the amount of noise, duration of noise, and source sound other than ambient noise that affect residents. A noise ordinance defines which sounds are and are not acceptable at any given time so that residents can live comfortably with the sounds that they hear. Some of these are effective during certain times of the day, usually applying at night. So depending on where you live, I would check with the local authorities on their ordinances.

I know that this law is enforced and we do our best to educate the public on traffic safety and equipment violations through education and enforcement.

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Ask a Trooper - 8.31.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I was recently pulled over for an equipment violation. On the citation there is a box with “pm, m, gm” with the “pm” circled. I’m curious as to what that indicates. Thank you for your time. Answer: Those boxes indicate the leve ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Madeline Rose Dostal, 18, Rochester, Minn.; 7/26/2015, Consumption by Persons Under 21, Fine $100, Total Fees $190. Zachariah Adam Drees, 19, Stewartville, Minn.; 7/26/2015, Consumption by Persons Under 21, Fin ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8.24.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Can you talk about the new increased fine if cited for texting and driving? Answer: Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law. Under the new enhanced law, drivers fa ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.24.15

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Savannah Marie Agin, 26, Rochester, Minn.; 7/24/2015, Speeding (75/55), Fine $70, Total Fees $230. Paul Michael Ammerman, 58, Stillwater, Minn.; 7/26/2015, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Kurt Ar ..... 
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Motorcycle accidents

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

On Saturday, August 15, at approximately 9:51 a.m. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications received a report of a motorcycle accident west of Lanesboro Minn., in the 32000 block of Fillmore County Road 8. A motorcycle being ridde ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8.17.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I would like to know more about Legionville School Patrol Camp. I saw your Tweet on Twitter last week. (Twitter:MSPPIO_SOUTH) Answer: This was my first summer as an instructor at Legionville School Patrol Camp. I taught 155 students ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.17.15

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Heather Amber Colsch, 26, Caledonia, Minn.; 7/23/2015, Driving Without a Valid License or Vehicle Class/Type; Multiple Licenses Prohibited, Fine $100, Total Fees $190. 7/23/2015, Driver Must Carry Proof of Insur ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8.10.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow? Answer: Yes. Freeways in Minn. have an actual posted minimum speed limit. A driver must use due care in operating a vehicle, so there are times when traveling under that limit would be le ..... 
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