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Ask a Trooper


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What are the leading contributing factors in crashes in Minn.?

Answer: Great question. When law enforcement is called to investigate a crash, in most cases, we complete the Minnesota Accident Report. The report requires the officer to fill in or answer certain questions that pertain to the incident from road and weather conditions, driver and vehicle information and contributing factors on how and why the crash occurred.

When the crash report is submitted, the crash data is stored and used to help prevent future crashes through engineering, education and enforcement. The contributing factors are used by law enforcement to help us determine what caused it and how we can reduce crashes in the future.

Minnesota’s top 5 contributing factors from 2010-2014:

Fatal crashes

1. Speeding

2. Fail To Yield

3. Driver Inattention

4. Chemical Impairment

5. Driving Left of Center

Injury Crashes

1. Driver Inattention

2. Fail To Yield

3. Speeding

4. Following Too Close

5. Weather

Property Damage Crashes

1. Driver Inattention

2. Fail To Yield

3. Speeding

4. Following Too Close

5. Weather

Statistics surrounding contributing factors to crashes are compiled by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The patrol uses this information to focus our enforcement efforts on educating the public on dangerous driving behaviors, which will hopefully lead to preventing crashes.

By paying attention, driving the speed limit, wearing your seat belt and never drive impaired, you can reduce your chances of being involved in a potentially life changing crash.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minn., 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.

Fillmore County Police Reports 10/19/15

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Susan MacKenzie Glander, 51, Mahtomedi, Minn.; 8/30/2015, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District (47/30), Fine $60, Total Fees $150. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Chase Bearson Anderson, 24, Lan ..... 
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Kite arrested

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Tuesday morning, October 6, at approximately 7:42 a.m., Fillmore County Sheriff’s Emergency Communications received a report of the location of Ryan Lee Kite. Kite’s location was reported to be in Fountain. Kite was the domestic assault suspect ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 10/12/15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: With the law of $300 fines in construction zones, I have a question. I know the white and black speed limit sign is the legal speed limit. Are orange signs supposed to be advisory or warning signs? Can you get a ticket for going the speed ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 10/12/15

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Matthew Thomas Baker, 30, Spring Valley, Minn.; 7/13/2015, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Richard Todd Eiken, 53, Canton, Minn.; 7/23/2015, Driving After Cancellation - Inimical to Public Safety, ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 10/5/15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: Does traffic have to wait for someone on a bicycle trying to cross at an intersection? Answer: Bicyclists and motorists are equally responsible for safety on the road. The number one contributing factor to bicycl ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 10/5/15

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Debra Ann Williams, 49, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/13/2015, Disorderly Conduct - Offensive/Abusive/Noisy/Obscene, Fine $1,000 (stay $700 until 9/15/2016), Total Fees $390. Local Confinement - 90 days (stay 90 days for one year ..... 
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Harmony man injured while cutting trees

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Police Reports

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase, on September 25, 2015, at 10:52 a.m., Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies, Lanesboro Ambulance, and Lanesboro Fire Department responded to 34526 Hwy 16, Lanesboro, Minn., where it was reported an 84 y ..... 
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