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Ask a Trooper 12.21.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: How do you determine if your tires are unsafe?

Answer: Tire talk is important anytime of the year, but as winter approaches it is important to double your efforts when maintaining your tires.

Over the years, I have investigated numerous crashes where worn tires were a contributing factor. Tires with inadequate tread depth may cause your vehicle to skid or slide out of control on a slippery or wet road surface. Although our area has seen more rain than snow this season, it is important to remember that unsafe tires can hydroplane on both wet and snowy roadways becoming a hazard. When losing control of your vehicle, you can easily go off the road and into the ditch, or into oncoming traffic, possibly causing serious injury or death.

According to Minnesota State Statute 169.723 a tire shall be considered unsafe if it has:

(1) Any part of the ply or cord exposed; or

(2) Any bump, bulge or separation; or

(3) A tread design depth of less than 2/32 (1/16) of an inch measured in the tread groove nearest the center of the tire at three locations equally spaced around the circumference of the tire, exclusive of tie bars or for those tires with tread wear indicators; or

(4) Been worn to the level of the tread wear indicators in any two tread grooves at three locations; or

(5) A marking “not for highway use,” or “for racing purposes only,” or “unsafe for highway use;” or

(6) Tread or sidewall cracks, cuts or snags deep enough to expose the body cords.

My best advice is to keep an eye on your tires. Check your tire pressure often, as it can be as much as 50% underinflated before it is visibly noticeable.Use a pressure gauge to check each tire and know what your pressure should be. Routine maintenance is good insurance; rotate, balance and be sure that your vehicle is correctly aligned, according to your vehicle owner’s manual.

Taking a few seconds to walk around your vehicle before leaving for your destination can pay off, potentially keeping you from getting into a crash. Speaking from personal and professional experience, the “snow” tires I run at this time of the year have made all the difference throughout some of the deepest snow and treacherous conditions. I would not want to be without them. Having a set of tires with good, legal tread depth will increase your chances of not being invol .....
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Fillmore County Police Reports 12.21.15

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Danyiel Dawn Crago, 35, Apache Junction, AZ; 9/27/2015, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Steven Michael Current, 49, Stewartville, MN; 9/14/2015, Uninsured Vehicle – Owner Violation, Fine $200, T ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 12.14.15

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I cannot find it in any of the laws but I am sure it has to be there. Isn’t it required by law for a tow truck operator who is operating on public roads to wear reflective safety apparel at all times? Only asking this because I am curio ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 12.14.15

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Brittany Desiree Balzer, 25, Rochester, MN; 10/24/2015, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District (47/30), Fine $60, Total Fine $150. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Garren Lee Brusse, 32, Preston, M ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 12.7.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: How many of your patrol cars have been struck while at a crash scene? Answer: Winter driving can be and is dangerous for all of us when the weather and road conditions deteriorate. ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 12.7.15

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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Chatfield Police Department Ann Elizabeth Elliott, 67, Chatfield, MN; 9/3/2015, Driving After Suspension, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Tyler Glenn Aarsvold, 29, Spring Valley, MN; 10/20/2015, Speeding (70/5 ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 11.30.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: Can you talk about winter driving safety? Answer: This is a great time to talk about it and remind drivers about the dangers of driving on slippery roads and reducing chances of being i ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court 11.30.15

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

On November 17, Lonny Ray Dodson, of DeSoto, Wisc., appeared before District Court Judge Debra A Jacobson. Dodson, 47, is charged with Assault – By Strangulation, a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine, o ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 11.30.15

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Jamie Louise Carson, 43, Spring Valley, MN; 10/13/2015, Seat Belt Required - Driver and Passengers Must Use, Fine $25, Total Fees $115. Morgan George Chladek, 49, Claremont, MN; 8/24/2015, Drugs - 5th Degree - ..... 
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