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Ask a Trooper - 8/29/16


Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What is the rule for drivers of motorcycles for making left or right turns at intersections? Someone told me that because some vehicles are not heavy enough to trip the signal lights they are legally able to make a left or right turn at a red light when it is safe to do so, after the signal light has cycled once. Please advise, thanks!

Answer: Minnesota law does address motorcycles, bicycles and mopeds that are not detected by control systems at traffic lights. When a signal change does not occur, the law gives motorcyclists, bicyclists and moped riders the option to proceed through the intersection after a reasonable amount of time.

These five conditions must be met in order to proceed:

• The motorcycle, bicycle or moped has come to a complete stop.

• The traffic-control signal remains red for an unreasonable time.

• The traffic-control signal is apparently malfunctioning or, if programmed to change to a green light only after detecting the approach of a motor vehicle, the signal has apparently failed to detect the motorcycle, bicycle or moped.

• No vehicle or person is approaching the roadway to be crossed or entered.

• Approaching vehicles or persons are so distant that they do not constitute an immediate hazard.

The law also provides an affirmative legal defense to this action. The affirmative defense applies only to an alleged violation for entering or crossing an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal against a red light. It does not provide a defense to any other civil or criminal action.

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.

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.



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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.29.16

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Benjamin Corey Finke, 40, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/5/2016, Disorderly Conduct – Fighting, Fine $1,000 (stay $700 until 8/9/2017), Total Fees $390. Local Confinement – 90 days (stay 87 days for one year). Serve as: weeke ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8/22/16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: How long has there been a drunk driving law in Minnesota? Answer: The Minnesota Legislature criminalized DWI in 1911, making “driving while in an intoxicated manner” a misdemeanor. The laws and sanctions addressing DWI have evolved i ..... 
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Police Report - 8/22/16

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Ryan Franklyn Ament, 40, Winona, Minn.; 7/19/2016, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Keith William Dennler, 56, Forest Lake, Minn.; 7/22/2016, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Gaylord ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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