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Are dash cams legal?

Question: I see a lot of dash camera footage on YouTube and online altogether. This got me thinking are dash cams legal? Answer: Great question as we see so many videos posted online. Minnesota law allows for driver feedback and safety monitoring...

 

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Question: In light of the fact that most drivers exceed the posted speed limit, especially on interstate freeways, will I get a citation for obstructing traffic if I drive the speed limit?  This is especially a concern in and around the Twin Cities...

 

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Question: I’ve noticed that school busses all have the words “School Bus” written at the top of the windshield on the front of the vehicle. Similarly, when the bus is used for a different purpose other than school, the words are scraped off or...

 

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Question: Minnesota just recently enacted a hands-free while driving law, but many states do not have such a law. How is this enforced when people from out of state are traveling on our Interstate highways? I have not seen any signs go up stating...

 

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Question: I have a rather random, but seasonally appropriate question: with harvest season upon us and with slow moving farm vehicles/implements on roadways, is it permissible to pass a slow-moving farm implement on Minnesota highways in a...

 

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Question: Now that Minnesota’s hands free law is in effect it seems there are numerous vehicles pulled over on the shoulder with the driver talking or texting on the phone. This seems unsafe. Is it legal? And if not, what is the recommended...

 

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Question: I hear you mention TZD and how law enforcement works with them. Can you explain what TZD is? Answer: TZD is an initiative and stands for Towards Zero Deaths. Minnesota’s TZD program was launched in 2003 by the Minnesota Departments of...

 

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Question: Can you give some advice on driving in fog? The fog became one car-length dense the other day and it became a dangerous situation. Answer: Driving when the weather limits your visibility can be a challenge for all of us on the road. You...

 

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Question: Does the new hands-free law apply to tractors, lawn mowers and UTVs? Answer: The hands-free law applies to all motor vehicles. A motor vehicle would include tractors and lawn mowers on a street or highway. The hands-free law would not apply...

 

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Question: I was told the fine for passing a school bus, when the red lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, had recently increased. Answer: In 2017, the fine for a school bus stop arm/red lights violation increased from $300 to $500 here...

 

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Question: As we are ending the motorcycle season I heard of an individual near Rochester, MN who was killed by going off the road and struck a sign head on. He was not wearing a helmet. Being an individual who has been in a motorcycle accident with...

 

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Question: When turning left on a blinking yellow light, should one pull into the intersection? It seems like a blinking yellow should let at least one car through, but often cars will wait behind the line, negating the ability to move traffic...

 

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Question: I’m writing to you to ask a question regarding whether or not you might know where the signal that I can only assume is the method to tell current “smarter” cars what the speed limit is on the road or highway they are currently...

 

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Question: I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler which has a windshield that has the ability to fold down from the factory. I am just wondering if the windshield is properly folded down and strapped as per the factory design if this is then legal to drive on...

 

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Question: I have a question about signs along the road. I heard somewhere that people are not allowed to put signs along the roadway for graduation parties, political signs and advertising. I see signs for auctions fairly often. Does this apply to...

 

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Question: Can you please explain the new law that requires drivers to move to the right lane if they are impeding traffic by traveling under the posted speed limit? Answer: The requirement to move over and allow vehicles to pass in the left lane has...

 

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Question: We live on a gravel road and during the summer months, ATVs and dirt bikes will drive by from time to time. Recently a group of dirt bikes drove by our house going at least 50 mph and one of them was doing a wheelie for probably half a...

 

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Question: With the upcoming new hands free law that is effective August 1st, can a teen that is under 18 years old and has a driver’s permit or provisional driver’s license use their phone in hands-free mode? Answer: The new hands-free law does...

 

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Question: What are the laws about fireworks in Minnesota? Can you provide some safety tips for those who plan on purchasing their own fireworks? Answer: Here are some safety tips provided by the Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal...

 

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Question: I recently saw someone pulled over to the side on the freeway with a flat tire. I pulled over also to approach them. Was what I did illegal? Answer: This is legal as you were stopping on the freeway to offer assistance and this would fit...

 

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Question: Moped rentals are being considered in my city. Can you talk about the laws and rules that cover moped operations and if insurance is required on them? What is the difference between a moped and motor scooter? Answer: Great question as I am...

 

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Question: In my city, there is a double yellow line on the main roadway and yet some motorists cross both lines to park against oncoming traffic, many at dark with headlights on. Why is this allowed without warning or a ticket? Answer: A crash can...

 

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Question: I have heard a lot about “click it or ticket” recently, I thought seat belt use was at an all-time high? Answer: Most Minnesotans are making the life-saving decision to buckle up. According to the 2018 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, 92.4...

 

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Question: When on a freeway and an emergency vehicle is approaching from the rear but not the same lane, is it the law to pull over and stop? Stopping on the freeway can be very dangerous. Answer: Minnesota state laws says that upon the immediate app...

 

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Question: What is the law regarding fastening bike carriers and other items to the back of a vehicle which block the ability to read the rear license plate? Answer: It is illegal if any part of the taillight or license plate is blocked by a bike,...

 

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