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Ask a Trooper - 7.6.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I have a question regarding electronic proof of auto insurance. I no longer receive a paper printout of my proof of auto insurance, is this acceptable if a person is required to show it on a traffic stop or crash?

Answer: Yes, as long as the driver or registered owner can show the current auto insurance electronically (mobile phone or other means electronically). Every driver, including a motorcyclist, must have proof of insurance and display it on demand of a peace officer.

Proof of insurance may be presented electronically pursuant to Minn. Stat. sec. 60A.139, subd. 2. Failure to display proof of insurance is a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor if it is a third violation within 10 years pursuant to Minn. Stat. sec. 169.791, subd. 2.

“Delivered by electronic means” includes, delivery to an e-mail address at which a party has consented to receive notices or documents or posting on an electronic network or web site accessible via the internet, mobile application, computer, mobile device, tablet, or other electronic device, together with separate notice of posting, which must be provided by electronic mail to the address at which the party has consented to receive notice or by any other delivery method that has been consented to by the party.

If your electronic device is not working (dead battery on your phone, website not accessible, no service, etc.), you could be cited for “no proof of insurance”. I recommend that you print a copy of your insurance card, in case your electronic equipment is unable to display your proof of insurance, and keep it in your vehicle.

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.



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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.6.15

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Nathan Victor Aswegan, 26, Austin, Minn.; 6/6/2015, Driving After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $290. 6/6/2015, Uninsured Vehicle – Owner Violation, Fine $200. Lorraine Antoine Caetano-Stefnas, 56, Wyk ..... 
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Highway 52 accident under investigation

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Preston Police Reports

On June 29, 2015, at approximately 10:53 a.m., the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center recieved notice from State Patrol’s Communications Center of a semi crash on Hwy 52, just south of Fillmore County Road 17. This location ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 6.29.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Can you give out information about fog lights? I notice a lot of people have them on and when I am meeting them on the road in the evening or at night, some are very bright and make seeing the road very difficult. Some of them appear to be ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 6.29.15

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Christine Yvette Baca, 30, Ostrander, Minn.; 4/20/2015, Driving Without a Valid License or Vehicle Class/Type; Multiple Licenses Prohibited, Fine $100, Total Fees $190. 4/20/2015, Uninsured Vehicle - Driver Vi ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 6.22.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Why are “new” license plates issued every seven years? Answer: Minnesota State Statute 168.12 states, “Plates issued for passenger automobiles must be issued for a seven-year period. All plates issued under this paragraph must be ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 6.15.15

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: How fast can I drive before getting stopped? Is there a tolerance? Answer: The short answer is the speed limit and there is no tolerance. The reality is that there is no set allowance for speed by officers except the speed limit or to t ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 6.15.15

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Anthony Edward Cole, 46, Chatfield, Minn.; 2/1/2015, Snow Removal Parking, Fine $20, Total Fees $32. Shari Desiree Cole, 50, Chatfield, Minn.; 2/1/2015, Snow Removal Parking, Fine $20, Total Fees $32. Erick Carlyle ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Matthew Lee Jeffries, 40, St. Charles, Minn.; 2/24/2012, Driving After Revocation, Fine $1,000 (stay $800 until 5/1/2013), Total Fees $290. Unsupervised probation for one year – Conditions (5/1/2012): Do not drive wit ..... 
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