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Ask a Trooper 12.14.15


Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I cannot find it in any of the laws but I am sure it has to be there. Isn’t it required by law for a tow truck operator who is operating on public roads to wear reflective safety apparel at all times? Only asking this because I am curious because I think it’s a Federal OSHA law yet you see so many drivers wearing nothing but a black shirt or hard to see apparel.

Answer: Yes, tow truck drivers who are working and exposed to moving motor vehicle traffic are required to wear high visibility garments. The high vis. garment may be a Class 2 vest or a Class 3 jacket. More information on this law can be found under Minnesota Administrative Rule 5205.0030.

This rule is enforced by Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) There are also requirements from Federal OSHA and the Federal Highway Administration that require the use of high visibility garments when employees are working on a street, road, highway, etc. where the workers are exposed to moving motor vehicle traffic.

Everyone who is working on the scene of a crash; police, fire, EMS, tow truck operators, MNDOT, etc. must be wearing a high vis. garment to be in compliance. High vis. garments are also required when directing traffic.

The rule also talks about the maintenance and condition of the garment. “If the high visibility personal protective equipment becomes faded, torn, dirty, worn, or defaced, reducing the equipment’s performance below manufacturer’s recommendations, the high visibility personal protective equipment shall be immediately removed from service and replaced.”

Emergency responders working on the shoulder of the road have got your back. Do you have theirs? Minnesota’s Ted Foss Move Over Law was named in honor of the State Patrol Trooper who was killed while on a traffic stop on the shoulder of I-90 near the Lewiston exit in 2000.

The law states:

• When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks.

• Reduce speed if unable to safely move over a lane.

• Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.

Fines can exceed $130.

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Fillmore County Police Reports 12.14.15

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Brittany Desiree Balzer, 25, Rochester, MN; 10/24/2015, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District (47/30), Fine $60, Total Fine $150. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Garren Lee Brusse, 32, Preston, M ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 12.7.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: How many of your patrol cars have been struck while at a crash scene? Answer: Winter driving can be and is dangerous for all of us when the weather and road conditions deteriorate. ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 12.7.15

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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Chatfield Police Department Ann Elizabeth Elliott, 67, Chatfield, MN; 9/3/2015, Driving After Suspension, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Tyler Glenn Aarsvold, 29, Spring Valley, MN; 10/20/2015, Speeding (70/5 ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 11.30.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: Can you talk about winter driving safety? Answer: This is a great time to talk about it and remind drivers about the dangers of driving on slippery roads and reducing chances of being i ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court 11.30.15

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

On November 17, Lonny Ray Dodson, of DeSoto, Wisc., appeared before District Court Judge Debra A Jacobson. Dodson, 47, is charged with Assault – By Strangulation, a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine, o ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 11.30.15

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Jamie Louise Carson, 43, Spring Valley, MN; 10/13/2015, Seat Belt Required - Driver and Passengers Must Use, Fine $25, Total Fees $115. Morgan George Chladek, 49, Claremont, MN; 8/24/2015, Drugs - 5th Degree - ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 11.23.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: If a person has a permit to carry in Minnesota, can they transport a loaded rifle or shotgun in a vehicle? Answer: The permit to carry law applies only to handguns, so the answer is no, ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 11.23.15

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Samita Basnet, 42, Silvis, IL; 10/24/2015, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District (40/30), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Jason Collins-George Foster, 45, Spring Valley, MN; 10/15/2015, Seat Belt Requi ..... 
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