Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol
Q: How effective are the statewide extra enforcement projects that are announced from law enforcement? A: These campaigns are very effective in reducing the total number of crashes caused by speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving and occupants not wearing a seatbelt. From our last extra enforcement speed campaign, more than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in Minnesota from July 6-22. This resulted in officers, deputies and troopers issuing 14,661 citations for unsafe speeds and 1,625 seat belt citations.
Q: If I sell my vehicle to a private party, what do you recommend I do to protect myself in the event the new owner gets into a crash or is arrested prior to them transferring the title into their name?
Q: Is legal for a public transit bus to stop in a traffic lane, with the four way flashers activated, to load or unload passengers. Specifically in a downtown area. There are semi-trucks and delivery trucks that do this on a regular basis to load and unload deliveries. So what would be the difference between a bus and a truck?
Q: Is it legal for local police or State Patrol to make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all) or does the vehicle have to be a certain color or have some kind of markings? A: You might be aware of some posts on social media that say, according to state law, that unmarked squad cars are illegal and State Patrol squad cars must be maroon. Here's what state law says about our use of these vehicles:
Q: When I learned to drive 50 years ago, my Driver's Ed teacher instructed me to pull into the intersection on a green light, even when there was oncoming traffic, to attempt to make a left turn. I still practice this, green arrows or not. I actually asked a driver's test person at the DMV office about this and was told I am correct, you are supposed to pull into the intersection.
Q: What are the most common vehicle equipment violations you see? A: In my career as a Minnesota State Trooper, I have witnessed and investigated all kinds of common equipment violations. The most common violations I have seen are:
Q: I want to install a lift kit and put bigger tires on my pickup. I want to comply with all the state laws. What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders?
Q: Can you talk about motorcycle safety and provide tips that can help keep everyone safe on our roadways?
Q: I was wondering if I need to cover my spotlight/light bar on top of my pickup before I hit the highway. Let me know what the rules are regarding a cover or no cover. The research I did before purchasing was only KC style or round lights need a cover in the state of Minnesota.
Q: Is it legal for local police or highway patrol to make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all), or does the vehicle have to have some kind of markings? A: The Minnesota State Patrol has 15 unmarked squad cars operated by troopers whose primary job function is road patrol. Per state statute, these unmarked patrol cars are required to have a door shield (MSP decal). Key words in the statute are “primary function.”