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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.

I have only been involved in one crash while working the road. A motorist made an illegal U-turn in front of me during a snow storm. I was unable to avoid the crash and struck the vehicle. Fortunately for me and the motorists involved, there were no injuries, but that is not always the case for troopers and motorists.

Here is the crash data from the past seven plus years that involved Minnesota State Patrol squad cars that were struck. Notice that a majority of the crashes occur during the winter season. The 2015 statistics are through July.

MSP patrol cars struck

• 2008 – 22 squads struck while parked; 10 troopers injured

• 2009 – 28 squads struck while parked; 10 troopers injured

• 2010 – 27 squads struck while parked; 5 troopers injured

• 2011 – 26 squads struck while parked; 9 troopers injured

• 2012 – 17 squads struck while parked; 4 troopers injured

• 2013 – 19 squads struck while parked; 3 troopers injured

• 2014 – 25 squads struck while parked; 4 troopers injured

• 2015 YTD – 6 squads struck while parked; 2 troopers injured

Most of these incidents could have been avoided by using safe winter driving techniques, moving over to the other vacant lane when you are on a two-lane same direction roadway or by slowing down and providing room when you see any type of flashing lights.

The law requires motorists to move over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks. Law enforcement is looking for motorists that fail to move over and will enforce the “Move Over Law” or “Ted Foss Law”.

Move Over Citations/Warnings (MSP only)

• 2008 – 419 citations, 1327 warnings

• 2009 – 622 citations, 2342 warnings

• 2010 – 618 citations, 2466 warnings

• 2011 – 975 citations, 2898 warnings

• 2012 – 703 citations, 2667 warnings

• 2013 – 713 citations, 2209 warnings

• 2014 – 816 citations, 2476 warnings

• 2015YTD – 350 citations, 10 .....
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Fillmore County Police Reports 12.7.15

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

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
Posted in All Police Reports

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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Ask a Trooper 11.16.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: Your advice in one of your last articles, really, keep your plate visible at all times? You are advocating that at night, in a snow storm, under very poor visibility, that I pull over eve ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 11.16.15

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

Chatfield Police Department Morgan Lynn Gusa, 21, Chatfield, MN; 8/18/2015, Speeding – Exceed Limit of 30 mph – Urban District (42/30), Fine $50, Total Fees $140. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Jessica Thanh Vu Doan, 22, Brooklyn Park ..... 
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