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Question: Are the blue or Xenon headlamps legal in Minnesota? Answer: Xenon or (HID) high-intensity discharge headlights are legal if they comply with the same Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements as halogen and incandescent headlamps. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 169.468 requires the...
Question: Can you talk about the open bottle law in Minnesota? Can a person have an alcoholic beverage while operating a boat on a lake? How about if you are a passenger in the back of a motor home? Answer: It is against the law for any person to consume alcohol in any vehicle while on a public...
Question: We came upon a line of three cars all going 50 MPH.  There was a long stretch of open road for several miles so I passed all three without returning to my lane.  My friend questioned the legality. Is it legal to pass more than one vehicle at a time? Answer: You can pass more than one...
Question: Why do officers assume someone was speeding when a driver hits ice and loses control? That can happen to the most experienced drivers. Using 169.14.1 to give a person a ticket because he hit some ice and went off the side of the highway seems like that officer has very little compassion....
Question: We live in Minnesota but travel south for several winter months. Many other states only have a rear license plate. Why does Minnesota have two? Thanks. Answer: Minnesota state law requires two license plates on your vehicle with some exceptions. Some vehicles are allowed to display only...
Question: My husband was driving while I was a passenger and an elderly man driving ran a stop sign and cut in front of us. My husband honked his horn to alert the driver prior to him attempting to come into our lane.  However, he did not appear to hear us. Fortunately, we were able to avoid being...
Question: What items should I have in my vehicle during this extreme cold weather? What is the proper procedure if I become stranded and/or go off the road? Answer: With the recent below-zero temperatures, being prepared with an emergency kit and plan can save your life. We recommend the following...
Question: Are people allowed to push their leftover snow out onto the highway for the snowplow to move it? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 160.2715, “It shall be unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon.” This law prohibits the plowing, blowing, shoveling or...
Question: I was wondering if someone could tell me what the law is on commercial vehicles having window tint? I drive a dump truck and was wondering if window tint is allowed as long as it's the 50% that is allowed in passenger vehicles or if it is illegal for dump trucks/semi's to have any window...
Question: What are the legal ramifications if someone is arrested for DWI with a child in a vehicle? Answer: If the child is less than 16 years of age and is greater than 36 months younger than the driver, the DWI violation would be enhanced to include Child Endangerment. •First offense DWI under a...

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