Curt S. Mowers
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? Answer: Yes, that is correct. That would be a violation and you would receive a ticket for that.
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 thought he was exempt. He was helping me haul some large, old household items to the dump with it, so I kind of feel partially responsible.
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, it says you shouldn’t. It also says the passenger must be able to reach the foot pedals. My question is, can our grandchild ride (sandwiched) between us? I feel this would be safe but is it legal?
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 did in fact go on my record. I have a Commercial Vehicle Driver’s License, but I was in my car at the time of the stop. What’s the deal?
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 dangerous. I really wish that this would be covered for a period of time by law enforcement issuing warnings or even citations so that people get educated. I think we need information sent out about the protocol for using the middle turn lane that both directions are to use and who has the right of way concerning the bicycle lane.
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 residential areas, and it is noisy and annoying to have these ATVs driving up and down the road at all hours of the day. How are these laws being reinforced?
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 effect that and the actual and potential hazards then existing on the highway state a driver must use due care in operating a vehicle. Therefore, traveling under that limit would be legal and encouraged (snow, ice, fog, etc).
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 stop on an interstate highway for reasons other than an emergency — even to answer the phone. Is there a law that explains where you have to go or what you need to do before answering your phone while driving?
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 and they can bring a lot of unnecessary misery for sure. Collisions with trains are mostly preventable. Car driver inattention and impatience are cited as the most common factors contributing to motor vehicle/train crashes.
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?