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Ask a Trooper - 4.20.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: There are way too many other drivers on their cell phones calling or texting.  Why don’t you enforce these laws?  We never hear about it.

Answer: I agree that there are too many drivers that are distracted while driving. We are doing our best to enforce the laws and reduce the number of crashes on our roadways. April is distracted driving month, so law enforcement will be targeting any type of distracted driving and taking enforcement action.

Minnesota does have a law making it illegal for drivers to read/compose/send text messages and emails, or access the internet using a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. I believe that distracted driving, namely texting and using the internet on our phones, is a major distraction that causes many crashes. I’ve based this belief not only on my years of training and experience from several traffic stops and crashes, but also on statistics. Each year in Minnesota distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one in four crashes, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries. I believe these numbers are vastly under-reported due to law enforcement’s challenge in determining distraction as a crash factor. Driving itself is a challenging activity that involves steering, checking mirrors, signaling, maintaining safe speed, reading road signs, and more. Adding non-driving tasks behind the wheel increases the risk of a crash. Attentive driving is critical as the traffic environment can change in an instant, such as lights changing, vehicles braking quickly, changing lanes, road conditions, and pedestrians crossing or walking along the roadways.

A recent in-depth study showed that the average person checking/ sending text messages takes their eyes off the roadway for approximately 4.6 seconds each time. At 55mph you have traveled over 370 feet in that time (the length of a football field). Ask yourself what can happen during that time and distance? Could you drift over the shoulder and hit somebody changing their flat tire? Drivers need to know the serious dangers of distracted driving and understand that texting and driving is unacceptable. The Minnesota State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies have been, and will continue to be actively involved in distracted driving campaigns throughout Minnesota.

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Fillmore County police reports - 4.13.15

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Joshua Matthew Jacobson, 33, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/21/2015, DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle - Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 Hours, Fine $1,000 (stay $690 until 3/25/2016), Total Fees $425. Local Confinement 90 days (sta ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 4.13.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What does the reduce speed sign that says “when children are present” mean? When children are present where, in school, outside the school, outside the fence?  Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 169.14 (5a): “Such school ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 4.6.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

Question: Could you explain the significance of the W on license plates?  Answer: I believe Minnesota started using “whiskey” or “special registration” plates back in the mid- to late 1990’s. They are commonly called “whiskey” pla ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 4.6.15

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

Chatfield Police Department Jeffrey Albert Dittfach, 35, Lake City, Minn.; 12/11/2014, DWI – Operate Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within Two Hours, Fine $1,000 (stay $700 until 3/15/2016), Total Fees $415. Local Confinement – 9 ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 3.30.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

Question: I bought a used vehicle and noticed that the horn does not work. Is a person required to have a horn? Answer: Yes, you are required to have a working horn in the State of Minnesota.According to Minnesota State Statute, “Every motor ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 3.30.15

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

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Wyatt David Applen, 23, Spring Valley, Minn.; 2/11/2015, Driving After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $290. Angela Nicole Bieser, 32, Festus, Missouri; 1/13/2015, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $13 ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 3.23.15

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Kaitlin Arlene Apenhorst, 18, Spring Valley, Minn.; 1/17/2015, Speeding (70/55), Fine $60, Total Fees $150. Kentrex Kartrez Brown, 30, Waterloo, Iowa; 1/30/2015, Seat Belt Required – Driver and Passenger M ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 3.23.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

Question: What is the law regarding motorists moving over when meeting a person walking on the roadway? I often walk my dog on the side of the road (but not in the gravel shoulder or grass.) I walk against traffic so the vehicle I’m meeting is ver ..... 
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