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“Ask a trooper”


By Peyton Bergey

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I have often wondered why school buses are not equipped with seatbelts. What is the reason for this?

Answer: With school having recently started, this is an excellent topic. I do get asked this question fairly often. So in response to the topic of transporting our world’s most precious cargo (our children), this is what I’d like to say. In Minnesota, school buses make at least 10,000 school bus trips daily. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for children — children are eight times safer riding in a bus to school than any other vehicles. There are three main reasons why I understand that school buses are not equipped with seatbelts.

School buses are larger and heavier, which means that the mass and weight of the bus is designed to take the bulk of the crash force. They are also far less likely to rollover in a crash.

School buses must be federally regulated to provide for compartmentalization. Compartmentalization means that the interior of large school buses must provide occupant protection so that children are protected without the need to buckle up. This is done through strong, closely spaced seats, energy absorbing foam seat backs, and a 24-inch seat height. It’s easier to visualize this if you think about an egg carton and how it protects the eggs. This is why the bus driver is reminding the passengers to please down, face forward, and keep the aisles clear.

The chassis of the school bus is designed to separate from the body of the bus in a crash to slow down and spread the crash forces over the entire body of the bus.

More children are killed outside of a school bus than they are as bus occupants. Motorists must anticipate children in a school bus “danger zone” — the area around a bus where most injuries and deaths occur. Parents should discuss and demonstrate pedestrian safety with their children and reinforce safe crossing before entering and exiting a bus:

•When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder (side of the road).

•Before crossing the street, take five “giant steps” out from the front of the bus, or until the driver’s face can be seen.

•Wait for the driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.

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“Ask a trooper” - Driving with tailgate down on my pickup

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I like to drive with my tailgate down on my pickup for better gas mileage. The other day, a friend told me this was illegal. Is that true? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 10.20.14

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Richard Todd Eiken, 52, Canton, Minn.; 5/23/2014, Driving After Cancellation, Fine $1000 (stay $750 until 10/08/2015), Total Fees $340. Local Confinement: 90 days (stay 90 days for one year). Unsupervised prob ..... 
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“Ask a trooper”

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Chritianson Minnesota State Patrol Question(s)1: I was traveling along a county road, when I came upon a stopped tractor pulling a grain cart and blocking all traffic. It was unloading grain into a parked semi-tractor and trailer al ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 10.13.14

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Nickolas Treat Currier, 18, Harmony, Minn.; 8/19/2014, Failure to Display Current Registration – Expired Plates, Total Fees $120. Eric Paul Vander Molen, 25, Edina, Minn.; 7/27/204, Speeding-Exceed Limit of 30 mph ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

On October 6, 2014, Michael Loren Rosolack, 43 of Stewartville, appeared before Judge Matthew J. Opat at the Fillmore County Courthouse. Rosolack was charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, 2nd Degree, Victims between the ages of 36 mon ..... 
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Ask a Trooper: Political signs

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Troy H. Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I’m starting to see political signs pop up all over along the highways. What are the rules with these? Thanks! Answer: Placement of campaign signs in state highway rights-of-way is prohibit ..... 
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