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Ask a Trooper - 3.16.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports



Question: I moved to Minnesota from Arizona about a year ago and I have a car that has tinted windows. What is the window tint law in Minnesota?

Answer:

Even if your previous state allowed tinted windows, you will now need to comply with Minnesota law:

•No vehicle can have ANY tint to the front windshield.

•Passenger cars are limited to 50% on all side and rear windows.

•Pickups, vans, and SUV’s are limited to 50% on the front side windows.

•Pickups, vans, and SUV’s are NOT limited on the rear side and rear windows. (Can be less than 50% behind the front seat).

•Squad cars, limousines, and vehicles used to transport human remains by a funeral establishment are not limited on the side and rear windows.

•No person shall sell, offer for sale, or use any motor vehicle with windows or windshields that have window tint on them.

In my opinion, window tint obstructs your vision at night and during poor weather conditions. It is also a safety concern for law enforcement at night. Illegally tinted windows make it nearly impossible to see in the vehicle while conducting a traffic stop.

If you need to have window tint removed, you can check with a body or detailing shop or you can do it yourself. Look on the internet for advice and suggestions.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, Minn. 55901-5848. (Or reach him at Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us) Twitter: MSPPIO_SOUTH

Ask a Trooper - 3.09.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: How long does a person have to change their driver’s license address? Answer: It depends on the circumstance. If you’re already living in Minnesota and move to a new address in the state, the law requires that you apply for a ne ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 3.09.15

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Janice Louis Meiners, 58, Harmony, Minn.; 12/11/2014, Seat Belt Required – Driver and Passenger Must Use, Fine $25, Total Fees $115. Michael Magnor Steien, 45, Chatfield, Minn.; 11/09/2014, DWI – Operate Motor Veh ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 3.2.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Doesn’t Minnesota have a law that requires headlights if you have your wipers on? How does that relate to automatic daytime running lights? Those don’t seem to activate taillights or trailer lights. Answer: Minnesota does have a l ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 3.2.15

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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Chatfield Police Department Jason Lee Harvey, 42, Lanesboro, Minn.; 1/26/2015, Duty to Drive with Due Care – Speed Greater Than Reasonable, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Melinda Sue Lastine, 30, Chatfield, Minn.; 12/13/2014, Driver Must Carry Pro ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 2.23.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: In my defensive driving class recently, the instructor talked about trains and rail safety, and I thought this would be a good topic for you to inform the public about. Thanks! Answer: I have responded to a few of these types of crashes ..... 
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IRS scam

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to inform the public of a scam that is being experienced in our area. This scam involves calls from individuals representing themselves as the IRS. Often these are messages ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 2.16.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: After a night of drinking with my friends, I was arrested the following morning for DUI on my way home. How is this possible? Answer: When I worked the road in a college town this was a common occurrence on weekend mornings. College ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase attends new sheriff orientation

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase joined 23 other newly elected sheriffs for a week-long orientation and training last week in Carver County. The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) provides this training every four years to orient and acclimate ..... 
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