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Ask a Trooper - 8.15.16


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: What are the rules when a traffic light is out, because of a power outage for example?

I treat them as a four-way stop, which I believe is correct. It seems, however, that not everybody that drives through this intersection agrees with me. My daughter was nearly hit in the intersection by a driver that felt they had the right of way.

Answer: Due to recent storms, many areas have experienced power outages where motorists encountered inoperative traffic control signals. This can be dangerous as traffic control signals are generally used at intersections where traffic volume is high. These signals help to promote intersection safety and orderly flow of traffic.

If a traffic signal is not functioning properly the intersection must be treated as an uncontrolled intersection. Uncontrolled intersections are intersections that do not have STOP or YIELD signs. Drivers are required to slow down, prepare to stop and yield to vehicles already in the intersection. Drivers must always yield to the vehicle that arrived first. If multiple vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, yield to the vehicle on your right. If there is heavy traffic at the intersection, this process will naturally begin to function as a four-way stop.

A flashing red traffic light is treated as a stop sign. Some traffic control signals will be defaulted to flash red when they are not functioning properly or if the power to it has been interrupted. In this instance the driver must come to a complete stop, yield to vehicles and pedestrians who reach the intersection first and proceed when the intersection is clear.

A flashing yellow light or arrow means “caution.” Drivers must proceed through the intersection with caution, yielding the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians already in the intersection. Vehicles turning left or making a U-turn to the left must yield the right-of-way to other vehicles approaching from the opposite direction.

In the event that power will not be restored in a timely manner, city, county or state officials may set up temporary/portable stop signs or signals. Law enforcement may also be present to safely direct traffic at intersections.

If you approach an intersection where the traffic lights are not working properly, use good judgement and be cautious as other drivers may not follow the law when it comes to interse .....
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.15.16

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Renae Vanschaick Hisey, 46, Chatfield, Minn.; 5/6/2016, Duty to Drive with Due Care – Speed Greater Than Reasonable, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Joshua Benjamin Auerbach, 22, Eden ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8/8/16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I read about a recent study by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety, found that nearly 80% of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.8.16

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Deryck Duane Forbes, 21, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/18/2016, Driving After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $290. Vincent Teej Vang, 31, Minneapolis, Minn.; 6/19/2016, Speeding (55/45), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Fillmore C ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8.1.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I have a question about the number of vehicles a person is allowed to pass at one time? Am I allowed to go over the posted speed limit when I pass a vehicle? Answer: Minnesota law does not state that there are a specific number of vehic ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.1.16

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Kaitlynn Renee Wing, 20, Rochester, Minn.; 6/9/2016, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District (42/30), Fine $50, Total Fees $140. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Jack Daniel Arnold, 37, Harmony, Minn.; 5 ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 7.25.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Can you talk about railroad crossing safety and the laws that cover it? Answer: I have responded to and investigated a number of train/vehicle crashes in my career. A majority of them resulted in fatal or serious injuries to the vehic ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 7.18.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I own a 1994 BMW. Last time registration was due, I purchased a collector plate and joined the BMW club. I know you’re not supposed to drive the car for everyday use, such as driving ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.18.16

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Cody Luke Luhman, 22, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/31/2016, Uninsured Vehicle – Owner Violation, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. Marconna Marylou Scrabeck, 72, Rochester, Minn.; 6/18/2016, Inattentive Driving, Fine $40, Total Fee ..... 
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