Troy Christianson

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: 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: 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...
/*-->*/   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...
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 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...

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