Troy Christianson

Troy Christianson
Question: I heard one of my neighbors was pulled over by a State Trooper for driving his combine down the road. The trooper told him he needed a pilot car. Is this true? Answer: Farm equipment may be driven or towed to the left of the center of a roadway only if it is escorted by a vehicle...
Question: What are the driver’s license requirements and equipment laws for the new three-wheel type motorcycle vehicles? Answer: The law changed on August 1, 2016. An auto cycle is a motorcycle that: •has three wheels in contact with the ground; •is designed with seating that does not require...
With the school year quickly approaching I would like to focus on the safety of our children. Following the guidelines below will help keep children safe around school buses. School bus safety tips for motorists: Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus displaying red flashing lights...
Troy Christianson
Question: I read a recent study by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the previous year. How many “road rage” incidents are reported to the State Patrol on a yearly basis?...
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Question: How long does a speeding ticket and written warning ticket stay on your record? Answer: A written warning does not go on your driving record, but it is recorded in our computer system.   Citations for speed, according to the Driver and Vehicle Services, generally stay on record for five...
Troy Christianson
Question:  With all this attention to distracted driving recently, I know that a person can talk on a cell phone while driving if they are 18 years or older. I understand that it is illegal for anyone under that age to be on a cell phone.  Does that apply to a hands-free device such as a blue tooth...
Troy Christianson
Q: What are the requirements for RV triple towing in Minnesota? A: A recreational vehicle combination may be operated without an over-length type permit if: •the combination does not consist of more than three vehicles, and the towing rating of the full-size pickup truck or recreational truck-...
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Question: I’ve noticed that the Minnesota State Patrol squad cars have white front car doors. I recall some years back that they did not. But I also recall from my childhood that they had white doors then also. Could you help me remember when these changes occurred? Thanks! Answer: The Minnesota...
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Question:  At a recent gathering, a friend related a story to me that really surprised me. He was traveling along a local road at night when a car came toward him with his high beams on. My friend flashed his high beams to ask him to switch to lows, but the car ignored him. So, my friend flashed...
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Question:  I encountered a funeral procession along a two-lane highway (no roads entering this section of highway) and the lead funeral home vehicle had a light bar on the dash flashing an alternating red and blue light. Everyone on the highway going opposite the procession pulled over to the...

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