Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol
Question: If I sell my vehicle to a private party, what do you recommend I do to protect myself in the event the new owner gets into a crash or is arrested prior to them transferring the title into their name?
Question: Do I need an oversize or wide load permit to haul a boat lift that is over 9 feet wide to my cabin?
Question: Yesterday, I saw a guy go by my house on a motorcycle. He had his daughter sitting in front of him while he operated the motorcycle. This girl could not have been more than 7 years old. What is the age for a child to legally ride as a passenger in Minnesota? A second question: Is it legal for that child to sit in front of the actual operator?
Question: Is it legal for a public transit bus to stop in a traffic lane, with the four-way flashers activated, to load or unload passengers?
Question: What is the rule about passing a parked emergency vehicle? In this week's Matters of Record, six drivers were fined $50 for passing a parked emergency vehicle with two lanes in same direction. Perhaps we all need a reminder as to what the law is regarding passing or getting around a parked emergency vehicle. Thanks for addressing my question. Answer: Great question. I have been a Trooper more than 17 years and my patrol car has been hit by other vehicles while at crash scenes a couple of times.
Question: I pull a camper with my pickup and was wondering if I can pull a boat trailer. What is the total length and other restrictions? Answer: Minnesota State Statute (M.S.S.) basically says in reference to lengths and combinations for pulling campers: M.S.S. 169.81 Subdivision 3c.
This Ask a Trooper is from the archives. Question: There are way too many other drivers on their cell phones calling or texting. Why don't you enforce these laws? We never hear about it. Answer: I agree that there are too many drivers that are distracted while driving. We are doing our best to enforce the laws and reduce the number of crashes on our roadways. Minnesota does have a law making it illegal for drivers to read/compose/send text messages and emails, or access the internet using a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic.
Question: I was wondering what a person should do if we are driving and get stopped by an officer. Do we get out? Stay in or vehicle? With all the enforcement projects officers are working it might be good for you to talk about this. Thanks. Answer: Thanks for asking. First of all, always pay attention to your surroundings. Remember to look in your rear view mirror every three to five seconds so you can be aware of any emergency vehicles approaching. At the first sight of the red lights behind you, pull over to the right and stop as far off the road as possible, as soon as you can.
Question: The other day at an intersection I noticed a car with the windows so frosted up that the driver had to roll down a window to check for cars coming from my side. What is the law on frosted windows? Answer: Minnesota Stature 169.71 subdivision 3 states, "No person shall drive any motor vehicle with the windshield or front side windows covered with steam or frost to such an extent as to prevent proper vision." While the statute does not mention the rear windows, I highly recommend that all windows be cleared.