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Ask a Trooper - 7.25.16


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Can you talk about railroad crossing safety and the laws that cover it?

Answer: I have responded to and investigated a number of train/vehicle crashes in my career. A majority of them resulted in fatal or serious injuries to the vehicle occupants. In Minnesota, failure to yield the right of way, disregard of a traffic control device, improper turn and inattention and impatience are cited as the most common factors contributing to motor vehicle/train crashes.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has worked to share the following rail safety tips:

1. Yield the right-of-way to trains at highway-rail crossings. It’s the law.

2. Never drive around lowering gates, it’s illegal and deadly.

3. Never race a train to the crossing; even if it is a tie, you lose.

4. Always expect a train on the tracks; trains do not follow set schedules.

5. Look for a second train when crossing multiple tracks.

6. Exit your vehicle immediately if it stalls on the crossing, get clear of the tracks and call 911.

7. Always stop your vehicle, behind the white line when crossing gates are down or lights are flashing. Wait for the crossing gates to rise and lights to stop flashing; look both ways, listen and proceed with caution.

The chance of death or serious injury from a motor vehicle/train crash is 11 times greater than for other highway collisions. At 50 mph, it takes a fully-loaded freight train 1.5 miles to come to a full-stop. By the time the train engineer sees a vehicle or pedestrian on the tracks, it is often too late.

Because of their size, approaching trains may appear to be traveling at a slower speed therefore drivers often misjudge the distance of the train.

As a bicyclist or pedestrian you must always look both ways before crossing railroad tracks, cross only in designated areas and never cross when gates are down. Railroad tracks and property close to the tracks (railroad “right-of-way”) belong to the railroad. People who don’t have permission to be on railroad property are trespassing. Even if there is not a “No Trespassing” sign, it’s still illegal and dangerous to be on the property.

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and of course, drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward .....
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Ask a Trooper - 7.18.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I own a 1994 BMW. Last time registration was due, I purchased a collector plate and joined the BMW club. I know you’re not supposed to drive the car for everyday use, such as driving ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.18.16

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Cody Luke Luhman, 22, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/31/2016, Uninsured Vehicle – Owner Violation, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. Marconna Marylou Scrabeck, 72, Rochester, Minn.; 6/18/2016, Inattentive Driving, Fine $40, Total Fee ..... 
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Bathke apprehended after escaping custody

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

On Tuesday, July 5, at 6:15 a.m., a Fillmore County correction officer was unable to account for a prisoner during breakfast wake up. It was then determined that this prisoner, 19-year-old Dylan Bathke, had escaped custody. Bathke was being held ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 7.11.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I have two questions for you. Do I need a hood on my car to operate it legally? What is the law regarding vehicle fenders and tires sticking out beyond the sides of a vehicle? Answer: T ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.11.16

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Ali Guedi Ali, 25, Minneapolis, Minn.; 4/17/2016, Speeding (76/55), Fine $70, Total Fees $230. Richard Michael Aske, 38, Mabel, Minn.; 5/6/2016, Seat Belt Required – Driver and Passenger Must Use, Fine $25, ..... 
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Bathke escapes custody

Tue, Jul 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

By Sheriff Tom Kasse Today, Tuesday July 5, at 6:15 a.m., a Fillmore County correction officer, during breakfast wake up, was unable to account for a prisoner. It was then determined that this prisoner had escaped custody. The prisoner is identifie ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 7.4.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: There was a story in the news about a recent hit and run fatal crash where the State Patrol was looking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle that fled. How many hit and run inc ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.4.16

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department David Lee Olson, 28, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/31/2016, Duty to Drive to Due Care – Speed Greater Than Reasonable, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Willie Earl Barnett, 52, Chattanooga, Tenn ..... 
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