Curt S. Mowers
Question: If a person is a witness to an accident, are they required to come forward to the law enforcement agency investigating the accident and notify the agency of such information?
Question: One thing that bothers me while driving is when a faster vehicle comes up close behind, but can’t get past me due to oncoming traffic, a no-passing zone. Sometimes, to get the guy off my bumper, I look for a right-turn lane or a large driveway on the road ahead then signal, move to the right and pretend that’s where I’m turning.
Question: I have a lot of questions about the handicapped parking laws in Minnesota, but probably too many to ask you to put in an article. So, what is the best way to find out a lot of specific information? Answer: Hopefully people will understand the need for handicapped parking and will take consideration of these spots for their intended use, and not be abusive. Your question is a better one for local law enforcement, but I get questions about it often and spoke with some local officers about it.
Question: How long does a written warning ticket (like for speeding) stay on your record? Answer: A paper warning does not go on your driving record. As for citations for speed, according to the Driver and Vehicle Services, speeding tickets generally stay on record for five years, serious speeds are 10 years. Warnings are often tracked on officer’s computers, so they might know if you were stopped before or not for certain violations, but this does not count as being on your record.
Q uestion: Can married or dating couples be on the same police department or fire departments? If so, can they go on the same calls? Can they be on the same squads? Answer: Yes. In fact, there are some married couples working for the State Patrol as troopers.
Q uestion: Recently, I pulled over for a trooper who was coming up fast from behind traffic. The red lights were on and I could hear the siren. After he passed the traffic, I could see way up ahead that he turned his lights off (and siren) and within a minute or so he pulled into a gas station pump on the other side of the road. Can troopers or other officers use their red lights and siren just to get to a gas station or wherever?
Ask a Trooper: Ignition interlock effectiveness By Curt S. Mowers Minnesota State Patrol Question: Does ignition interlock really work? Answer: Yes! Interlock is an important tool in the fight against drunk driving. This technology is critical to helping us reduce drunk-driving tragedies that have killed at least 585 people in the past five years in Minnesota. Interlock ensures Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenders are driving sober, leading to safer roads for all of us.
Q uestion: One of my friends saw me getting my ice fishing house ready for the upcoming season. I put permanent wheels on it for easier transport. My buddy told me I now have to register it as a trailer. I think he is wrong, because I see these going down the road all the time, and I guess I don’t notice registration.
Question: Can you give out information about fog lights? I notice a lot of people have them on. Some are very bright and make seeing the road very difficult. Some of them appear to be out of alignment and are blinding.
Q uestion: I think it’s time to review the use of turn signals. It is unbelievable how many people turn their signals on at the same time they have begun to make a turn. By then, I know they are going to turn! Answer: You are right, signaling turns (or lane changes) is for the purpose of communicating to other motorists what you (as a driver) are going to do, not what you are doing. A lot of drivers signal their turns too late or don’t signal their turns at all.