Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol
Question: Are construction zone speed limits enforced even when no construction workers are present? How about on weekends and holidays? Answer: If the posted speed limit signs are visible and placed in a construction zone, that speed limit is the maximum speed allowed, no matter what time, date or if workers are present or not. The speed limits are established for not only the safety of the construction workers, but also for the safety of the motoring public.
Question: When golf carts are using a pedestrian crosswalk, are vehicles required to yield? This happens in some towns where the roadway separates a golf course.
Question: The clerk at a local gas station recently asked me if it is illegal not have a front plate on a vehicle. He told me that many people have told him a front plate is not required in Minnesota.
Question: My wife and I love to ride our Honda 1800 Goldwing trike. Can our granddaughter ride between us on short rides? She is seven and loves to ride too. Answer: In looking at motorcycle owner manuals, it says, "Your motorcycle is designed to carry you and one passenger." Based on that and the following additional rules, it is illegal and unsafe to take your granddaughter along for a ride. When it comes to motorcycle operation:
Question: I read where the fine for going through a school bus stop-arm will increase in Minnesota. Can you talk about the fine amount and school bus safety? Answer: As of Aug. 1 the fine has increased from $300 to $500 and the violation would remain a misdemeanor.
Question: When does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) get involved with crashes? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol notifies the NTSB on the following types of crashes. • School bus injuries or death to student passengers. • Public or charter bus crashes resulting in death or injury to occupants. • Railway crossing crashes resulting in two or more deaths, or involving a commercial motor vehicle. • Heavy truck crashes resulting in two or more deaths. • Crashes resulting in five or more deaths.
Question: I noticed a dog that was in a vehicle the other day at a local business parking lot and the occupants were not around. I was wondering what I should have done. With the recent warm weather, I can imagine the temperature inside the car must have been dangerously high for that dog. Is there a law against this?
Question: Can you be cited for illegal window tint if you recently purchased the vehicle through a dealer? Can the auto dealer can be charged with the violation? Answer: Citations can be issued to you and the dealer that sold you the vehicle with the illegal window tint. The law says that a new motor vehicle dealer, used motor vehicle dealer, or motor vehicle lessor may not sell or lease a motor vehicle at retail for registration in Minnesota that does not meet the glazing material requirements.
Q: I was told that the speeding fine in a construction zone had gone up recently. Could you also explain the Zipper Merge for merging into construction zones in Minnesota? A: With a recent area work zone crash that left two people injured, this is a great time to talk about work zone safety. During the spring and summer months, construction season is in full swing in Minnesota and motorists risk their lives and the lives of others by not slowing down and paying attention.
Q: I was wondering what a person should do if they are driving and are stopped by an officer. Do I get out or stay in the vehicle?