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Ask a Trooper - 3.2.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Doesn’t Minnesota have a law that requires headlights if you have your wipers on? How does that relate to automatic daytime running lights? Those don’t seem to activate taillights or trailer lights.

Answer: Minnesota does have a law requiring drivers to have their headlights on. Windshield wipers being on alone, does not require headlights to be activated, but chances are the reason you are using your wipers is due to the weather which according to Minnesota State Statute would require you to have headlights on.

M.S.S. 169.48 Subd.1 Lights to be displayed. Every vehicle upon a highway within this state:

(1) at any time from sunset to sunrise

(2) at any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or hailing

(3) at any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions or there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead shall display lighted headlamps, lighted tail lamps, and illuminating devices…

You bring up a good point of thought. A lot of vehicles are equipped with automatic “daytime” lights that are fine on clear and sunny days. But when there is rain, snow, sleet, hail, smoke, fog, etc. the sensor may not activate the lights to the rear. Every driver is still responsible for turning those on. I strongly suggest getting out of the vehicle, walking around it, and making sure those are all working. It’s not so you can see better, but so others can see you better.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota 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 - 3.2.15

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Jason Lee Harvey, 42, Lanesboro, Minn.; 1/26/2015, Duty to Drive with Due Care – Speed Greater Than Reasonable, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Melinda Sue Lastine, 30, Chatfield, Minn.; 12/13/2014, Driver Must Carry Pro ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 2.23.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

Question: In my defensive driving class recently, the instructor talked about trains and rail safety, and I thought this would be a good topic for you to inform the public about. Thanks! Answer: I have responded to a few of these types of crashes ..... 
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IRS scam

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

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to inform the public of a scam that is being experienced in our area. This scam involves calls from individuals representing themselves as the IRS. Often these are messages ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 2.16.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

Question: After a night of drinking with my friends, I was arrested the following morning for DUI on my way home. How is this possible? Answer: When I worked the road in a college town this was a common occurrence on weekend mornings. College ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase attends new sheriff orientation

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

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase joined 23 other newly elected sheriffs for a week-long orientation and training last week in Carver County. The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) provides this training every four years to orient and acclimate ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 2.16.15

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

Chatfield Police Department Tonia Louise Kruger, 45, Chatfield, Minn.; 12/31/2014, Driving After Revocation, Fine $1000 (stay $800 until 8/15/2015), Total Fees $290. Unsupervised probation for six months – Conditions (1/27/2015): Remain law abid ..... 
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Ask a Trooper

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

Minnesota State Patrol Question: This question is about the right of way at an uncontrolled and controlled intersection. I am an older driver and would like your advice on this question. Your number one fan. Thanks, Chris S. Answer: Traffic law ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

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

On January 30, 2015, Adam Allan LaFountain, 28, of St. Paul, Minn., appeared before Fillmore County Judicial Officer Dennis J. Murphy. LaFountain is charged with Predatory Offender Violation, a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison ..... 
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