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Troy Christianson
Question: I have a question about the Minnesota State Patrol Blood Relays. Recently, one was performed from the twin cities to Redwing. Why did it involve three patrol officers? I know this isn’t a great distance and have just been wondering what rules or regulations dictate how this is handled....
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: I read that the fine for going through a school bus stop arm will increase in Minnesota. Can you talk about the fine amount and school bus safety? Answer: State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: Can you drive in a bike lane? For instance, use it for a right turn lane? Answer: No, motorists are not allowed to drive in the bike lanes. The solid white lines on any road mean do not cross. There are designated areas where the solid white line is converted to dashed lines and this is...
Question: What can be done about an aging family member when their driving skills become diminished and it becomes a safety concern? Answer: Older drivers in general are safe. As we age, the risks behind the wheel increase with the possibility of declining cognitive, vision and physical abilities....
Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a driver was not paying attention and ran into one such vehicle. How safe can this be? Is there any law in place that makes this unlawful? Answer: There is no...
Question: I was told that the Minnesota State Patrol is involved in teaching a school patrol camp in the summer. Can you provide me with some information about it? Answer: Legionville is a summer camp where school patrol students are taught the fundamentals of school patrol, school bus safety,...
Question: What are the most common vehicle equipment violations you see? Answer: The most common violations I have seen are:  •Window tint violations: Law prohibits tint on the front windshield. Passenger cars are limited to 50 percent on all side and rear windows. Pickups, vans, and SUVs are...
Question: On most days I observe college students who are wearing dark jackets and hats, listening to "tunes" while walking, or walking in the same direction as motor traffic rather than facing that traffic. This street has no sidewalks so all the walking occurs close to the cars. I am concerned...
/*-->*/   extra enforcement and awareness campaign seeks turnaround in deadly distracted driving choices Texting and Driving Citations Trending Upward in Minnesota   ST. PAUL –The tragedy of Joe Tikalsky’s death from a distracted driver in 2015 stretches beyond family and friends. He was a...
Question: What should a person do if they are involved in a crash? Answer: If it is a property damage crash without injuries, you should move your vehicle away from traffic if possible and get to a safe location before exiting or exchanging information with the other driver involved. This may...

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