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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” plates because they start with the letter “W” which is followed by a second letter and 4 numerals. The purpose of the plates is to alert law enforcement and the public that either the person driving the vehicle or someone that had driven the vehicle was guilty of an “enhanced” DWI violation.

Plates may be issued for a variety of DWI offenses, including:

•A second DWI violation within 10 years.

•A DWI violation while having an alcohol concentration of twice the legal limit (.16 or more).

•A DWI violation while having a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle if the child is more than 36 months younger than the offender.

•A violation by a person whose driver’s license or driving privileges have been canceled under Minn. Statute section 171.04, Canceled Inimical to Public Safety (Multiple DWI violations).

Special registration plates will be on the car at least one year from the date of incident. It is important to note that in some cases, special registration plates must be displayed for longer than one year due to multiple DWI offenses or other driving without license violations.

A person found guilty of a gross misdemeanor DWI offense requiring this special registration may also be liable for up to a $3,000 fine and/or one year in jail.

In 2013, 25,719 motorists were arrested for DWI in Minn. and one out of seven drivers had a DWI violation on their record. Everyone has a role in keeping our roads safe — and that means never getting behind the wheel impaired, always plan for a safe ride home before you party, and make sure your friends don’t risk drinking and driving.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minn., send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minn. 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 - 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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Ask a Trooper - 3.16.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I moved to Minnesota from Arizona about a year ago and I have a car that has tinted windows. What is the window tint law in Minnesota? Answer: Even if your previous state allowed tinted windows, you will now need to comply with Mi ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 3.09.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: How long does a person have to change their driver’s license address? Answer: It depends on the circumstance. If you’re already living in Minnesota and move to a new address in the state, the law requires that you apply for a ne ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 3.09.15

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Janice Louis Meiners, 58, Harmony, Minn.; 12/11/2014, Seat Belt Required – Driver and Passenger Must Use, Fine $25, Total Fees $115. Michael Magnor Steien, 45, Chatfield, Minn.; 11/09/2014, DWI – Operate Motor Veh ..... 
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