Ask a Trooper: Driving permits from other states valid in MinnesotaQ: My son has an instruction permit in Illinois to learn to drive. We will be traveling on vacation soon, and I would like to know whether this is valid to drive in Minnesota as well.
Q: My son has an instruction permit in Illinois to learn to drive. We will be traveling on vacation soon, and I would like to know whether this is valid to drive in Minnesota as well. Thanks for your time.
A: They also need to follow the same restrictions that their home state puts on the permit. Each state differs with those restrictions, but again, if you are valid in your own state, you are valid here, but under the same conditions/restrictions. Make sure he has the permit in his possession and that he is following all of the restrictions on his permit.
On a side note, we have an aggressive traffic safety program here in Minnesota and we are constantly asking all of our motorists to work together and to drive as safely as they possibly can, each and every trip. We want everyone to buckle up, slow down, drive sober and pay attention! Thanks for asking, and thanks for your cooperation in helping us to keep Minnesota a safe place to drive.
Q: When person is astride a bicycle, stopped with one or both feet on the ground, either seated or standing, is the person considered to be a pedestrian?
A: I would say they would still be a bicyclist. I can’t think of any reason or circumstance why they would not be a bicyclist, but perhaps there is a scenario I don’t know. I would have to know more details about a specific scenario to say for sure, and each scenario would probably have to be considered on its own merits.
Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.