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Ask a Trooper 10/5/15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: Does traffic have to wait for someone on a bicycle trying to cross at an intersection?

Answer: Bicyclists and motorists are equally responsible for safety on the road. The number one contributing factor to bicycle-vehicle collisions is failure to yield the right-of-way — by bicyclists and drivers alike.

If the bicyclist is off their bicycle at an intersection and walks across, they have all the rights at the intersection as a pedestrian would. Motorists must stop for crossing pedestrians at every intersection, even those without crosswalks or stoplights. Motorists should stop far enough back so drivers in other lanes can also see the pedestrian in time to stop.

Those riding a bicycle must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.

Bicycle-vehicle collisions are due to a variety of behaviors by the rider, such as disregarding a traffic sign or signal, inattention and distraction.

Each year in Minn., approximately 40 pedestrians and 8 bicyclists are killed as a result of collisions with motor vehicles.

• As a group, pedestrians and bicyclists comprise nearly 10 percent of all traffic fatalities each year —67% of these fatal crashes occur in urban areas.

• 40% of pedestrians and 21% of bicyclists killed had consumed alcohol.

• 19% of pedestrians killed were not crossing properly.

Rules of the road

and safety tips

• Bicyclists may ride on all Minn. roads, except where restricted.

• Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic.

• Motorists must at all times maintain a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist.

• Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.

• Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark. To increase visibility, add a rear flashing light.

• Motorists must drive at safe speeds and be attentive — look for bicyclists and check blind spots.

• Drivers should use caution and look twice for riders when turning.

• Drivers should use caution when opening door upon parking on side of road.

This is a great question and topic to talk about. I have seen an increase in bicycles on our roadways, so we all nee .....
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Fillmore County Police Reports 10/5/15

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Debra Ann Williams, 49, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/13/2015, Disorderly Conduct - Offensive/Abusive/Noisy/Obscene, Fine $1,000 (stay $700 until 9/15/2016), Total Fees $390. Local Confinement - 90 days (stay 90 days for one year ..... 
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Harmony man injured while cutting trees

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Police Reports

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase, on September 25, 2015, at 10:52 a.m., Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies, Lanesboro Ambulance, and Lanesboro Fire Department responded to 34526 Hwy 16, Lanesboro, Minn., where it was reported an 84 y ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 9.28.15

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Kurt Anthony Ashack, 27, Caledonia, Minn.; 8/28/2015, Speeding - Exceed Limit 30 mph - Urban District (46/30), Fine $60, Total Fees $150. Tanner John Clement, 20, Rochester, Minn.; 7/26/2015, Consumption by Pers ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 9.28.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I spend a fair amount of time on the highway and often see passengers in vehicles with their feet on the dash. How can their seat belts be in the proper location to do their job? What would happen in the case of an air bag deployment? An ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 9.21.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: My front license plate fell off recently, am I required to display one? Can I display it up in the front windshield? Why do we need two license plates anyway? Answer: This is what Minnesota State Statute (M.S.S.) 169.79 says about licens ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office James Louis Christophe, 26, Blaine, Minn.; 8/11/2015, Expiration of Driver’s License - Over 21, Fine $100, Total Fees $190. Stacy Ann Clingman, 35, Austin, Minn.; 6/22/2015, Driving off Pavement or Travel ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 9.14.15

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

Chatfield Police Department Dawn Marie Jauert, 41, Chatfield, Minn.; 10/2/2014, Driving After Cancel - IPS, Fine $1,000 (stay $500 until 8/24/2017), Total Fees $590. Local Confinement - 365 days (stay 356 days for two years). Serve as: weekends ..... 
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