Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Trooper
Question: I was told that motorists have to yield to a city bus when it enters the road from a bus stop. Is this true?
Question: What is the correct following distance? Everyone seems to be way too close behind each other.
Question: Can my child use a bicycle helmet when he is a passenger in my side-by-side ATV?
Question: Driving yesterday, I noticed at least 10 freshly dead deer on the side of the highway. What are the traffic related requirements when someone collides with a deer, and what are the game-related requirements with killing a deer? Is it legal to take the deer home?
Question: When I learned to drive 50 years ago, my driver's education teacher instructed me to pull into the intersection on a green light, even when there was oncoming traffic, to attempt to make a left turn. I still practice this, green arrows or not. I actually asked a driver's test person at the Department of Motor Vehicles office about this and was told I am correct – you are supposed to pull into the intersection.
Question: Both my daughter and I have a disability. I have the handicap license plates on my car and she only has a placard. When she drives my car, does she have to use her placard to park? Answer: The registered license plates are designed for you to be able to park that vehicle in a disabled/handicap parking location. If your daughter has her own permit, she would need to display her permit in the vehicle when she is parked in a designated disabled/handicap parking location, as the permit is designed for her.
Question: I know that Minnesota has made a lot of progress for traffic safety and less people are dying on our roads but what are other states doing? Answer: For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 across the United States. That's a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014 — the most dramatic two-year increase in 53 years.
Question: If you are 15 years old and have a farm permit to drive a farm truck, how late at night can you drive?
Question: If a school bus is stopped on an undivided highway, with the red lights flashing but no stop arm extended, may I proceed around the bus after I stop and it is safe to do so? Answer: Even with the red lights flashing and no stop arm displayed, you must stop and stay stopped until the red lights are turned off. • Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights and/or its stop arm is extended when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.
Question: Are drivers required to use turn signals when entering or exiting a roundabout? With a newly constructed roundabout very recently opened in town, I have not once observed a turn signal used. What is the law? Answer: This is a great question as we are seeing more roundabouts in the state of Minnesota.