Curt S. Mowers
■ Answer: Alcohol related crashes and DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrests do happen in the morning, we see it all the time. Those number of DWI arrests do not compare to what occurs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but surely something to be looked at and aware of. We are going to have more crashes when we have more cars on the road and when drivers are in a hurry. If we add fatigued drivers with alcohol still in their system from the night before, crashes will increase.
Answer: It is true and as far as I know, we are indeed enforcing it, but not without difficulty. Texting is not easy to see at different times, and of course people see our squad cars and are careful not to let us see them texting. I can assure you we are watching out for it, but it is kind of like fishing. We will never get them all.
ASK A TROOPER Obscured Vision By Sgt. CURT S. MOWERS Minnesota State Patrol Question: I see a lot of people driving around with stuff hanging from their rear view mirrors. I thought that was against the law? I even see a lot of those handicapped parking permits hanging from the mirrors and I am sure that has to be unsafe, can you write about that? Thank you.
ASK A TROOPER Crosswalks and pedestrians By Sgt. CURT S. MOWERS Minnesota State Patrol Question: Would you please re-address the law on stopping for pedestrians, and the correct actions and responsibilities of pedestrians in relation to the law? Most drivers seem to be unaware of the requirement to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and it seems like a lot of pedestrians are getting hit in recent times.
By CURT S. MOWERS Minnesota State Patrol ■ Question : I have heard many stories from friends, family and co-workers about seat belts and air bags. I am sure that some things I hear are false. How do we know what the facts really are concerning seat belts and air bags? What is the truth?
Question: Not long ago, I read an article you wrote saying that drivers should have their headlights on all the time. I agree 100 percent. Why don’t they make it a law? (And not just parking lights, I mean actual headlights — I can’t stand seeing cars with just their parking lights on so I flash them). Anyway, making this a law would be easier on everybody.