Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Sgt. Neil Dickenson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow?

Ask a Trooper


January 2, 2020

Question: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow?

Answer: Yes they can. Minnesota State Statute says that no person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law or except when the vehicle is temporarily unable to maintain a greater speed due to a combination of the weight of the vehicle and the grade of the highway.

Freeways in Minnesota have an actual posted minimum speed limit. A driver must use due care in operating a vehicle, so there are times when traveling under that limit would be legal and encouraged because of weather conditions (snow, ice, fog, etc.) and actual or potential hazards on the highway.

Remember the Slow Poke Law that says when practicable, drivers need to move out of the left lane in order to allow vehicles to pass. So make it a habit to stay in the right lane when you have two lanes in the same direction.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson – Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave Duluth, MN 55811. (Or reach him at


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