Ask a Trooper: Why do officers drive so fast?QUESTION: Why do officers drive so fast? Whenever I see a state trooper (or sheriff, or local police car), they seem to be going about 20 mph over the posted limit.
By: Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, For the Duluth News Tribune
Q: Why do officers drive so fast? Whenever I see a state trooper (or sheriff, or local police car), they seem to be going about 20 mph over the posted limit. Of course, these are highly trained drivers capable of going much faster safely, but is there a reason they routinely drive this aggressively?
A: I was going to joke with you and say that maybe they were all late for a doughnut convention, or that their coffee was getting cold, or there was so much stress at home they couldn’t wait to get to work and deal with other people’s problems, or something lame like that, but the truth is I don’t know.
What can I say? That is the type of question for which no one can really answer except the involved parties, but at least you got your point across. I suppose there is a reason, but whatever it is, but I couldn’t possibly know the reason for each. They are either violating the law, or not in each case, but who knows?
If anyone wants to make a complaint against an officer, you need to contact that department and make a complaint in writing.
Q: In Minnesota, are we required to have a copy of the vehicle registration in the glove box? If so, and the vehicle were stolen, wouldn’t that make it easier for the thief? I ask this because the statements on the registration form are confusing.
A: No, you are not, unless you are driving a commercial vehicle of any type, then you are. In a normal passenger vehicle, the things you need to have to show law enforcement are your valid driver license and current insurance proof. Thanks for asking.
Q: How do I make a left turn in a divided highway when there’s an oncoming vehicle that also wants to make a left turn? Do you pull way forward into the intersection so that the oncoming car can turn around the back side of your car? Or do you make your left turn in front of the
oncoming vehicle? Which is safer?
A: I have had this question before, and it is difficult to answer. It all depends on the design of the highway, signing and road markings, etc. Safer in most cases might be that you turn in front of each other, which is the way most of the newer road designs require. Some designs require turning after meeting, but that is not the case most often. The bottom line is that you don’t crash, however you choose to do it, if there are no markings or signs requiring a specific method. You could also ask MnDOT about a specific intersection that you have in mind and see what they tell you. I am not sure this helped you much, but good luck and thanks for asking.
Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.