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    Ask a Trooper: Farm trailer registration

    Question: What is the law with small farm trailers being exempt from registration? A neighbor-friend of mine got ticketed for no Minnesota registration for hauling a lot less weight than that on his farm trailer being pulled with a pickup truck, but he th ...

    Ask a Trooper: Farm plates, open bottle

    Question: I have a one-ton pickup that I use on my farm. I was thinking of hooking up my fifth-wheel camper and head out to Arizona but a friend told me I would get a ticket for pulling my camper with a pickup that had farm plates on it. Is that correct? ...

    Ask a Trooper: Motorcycle passengers

    Question: My wife and I have a larger motorcycle and love to ride. We have a 6-year-old grandchild that wants to go along. The state motorcycle guide says you should not have a child ride in front of you but behind you instead. It doesn’t say you can’t, i ...

    Ask a Trooper: Driving records

    Question: I was stopped for speeding and ticketed by an officer who told me that that the violation would not go on my record because it is not over 10 miles per hour over the limit and it was in a 55 mile per hour speed zone. I found out later that it di ...

    Ask a Trooper: Center turn lanes

    Question: Within the past few years or so, we had a four-lane with bike lanes and a middle turn lane through town. Many people are using that middle turn lane to pull out into and then merge into the traffic on left hand turns — it really is very dangerou ...

    Ask a Trooper: Youth ATV operators

    Question: What are the youth laws when operating ATVs? I’ve observed youth riding excessively on residential roads quite fast, unsupervised and without helmets often. It is not only unsafe for them but it is unsafe for the people that live in these reside ...

    Ask a Trooper: Driving too slow?

    Question: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow? Answer: Yes. The only type of roadway in Minnesota with an actual posted minimum speed limit that I know of is the freeway (interstate), but there may be others. Obviously, weather conditions can e ...

    Ask a Trooper: Stopping on the interstate

    Question: I was driving on the interstate and I pulled off onto the shoulder to take a call on my cellphone, which I thought was the responsible thing to do. As I sat there, a Minnesota State Trooper pulled in behind me. He told me it was not legal to sto ...

    Ask a Trooper: Trail rail safety

    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. Answer: I have responded to a few of these types of crashes during my career ...

    Ask a Trooper: Winter issues

    Q uestion: Can pickups drive with snowplow blades attached all the time? Also, when we go up to the cabin, we will attach a sled to the back of our SUV and go out on hardly-used local roads. Is this illegal? ...

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