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Ask a trooper for May 11, 2014

Q: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slowly?

A: Yes. The only type of roadway in Minnesota with an actual posted minimum speed limit that I know of is the freeway, or interstate, but there may be others. Obviously, weather conditions can affect that and the actual and potential hazards then existing on the highway state a driver must use due care in operating a vehicle (snow, ice, fog, etc.). Therefore, traveling under that limit would be legal and encouraged.

Minnesota State Statute 169.15 says: “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.”

Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.

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