Question: I am new to the school bus world and have recently begun running a non-profit school bus company. Today I had a driver report a stop arm violation and I am uncertain where I direct those reports to in order for law enforcement to follow up. I did a little research and the only thing I was able to find as a helpful reference, aside from the MN State Statutes, is an article you were quoted in.
Question: I am wondering what your thoughts are and the legal reprimands with people getting out of their cars to do the "in my feelings/Kiki challenge." I've seen so many videos of people getting out of their car, while driving to dance alongside the moving car while people record them dancing to a song by Drake who started this entire ordeal. Personally I think it's dangerous and very dumb for people to be hopping out of a moving car while driving.
Question: I have a question about carrying a driver's license while operating a vehicle. It was passed on to me that in Minnesota one must have the driver's license in the front seat area or glove compartment. Having it in a purse or backpack in the backseat or trunk is not allowed. Is this correct information? If so, what is the reason?
Question: Do I need an oversize or wide load permit to haul a boat lift that is over nine feet wide to my cabin? Answer: You would need to obtain a permit because the width is over 8 feet 6 inches. Hauling oversized items without a permit or escorts (if required) can be dangerous and is illegal. Troopers and private escort companies are required to be trained and certified. An oversize and/or overweight permit is required when: • An overall loaded width exceeds 8 feet 6 inches. • An overall loaded height exceeds 13 feet 6 inches.
Question: 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? Answer: This can be an issue for you if the vehicle you sold is ever involved in a hit and run or pursuit and the driver flees the scene. Law enforcement may be contacting the registered owner in an attempt to locate that person who was driving.
Question: Can a person park their camper trailer in the ditch of a highway? Answer: Leaving or parking a camper or travel trailer in the ditch or on any highway right-of-way is illegal. A highway right-of-way typically extends near the top of the outside slope. It would only be allowed where signs designate it as a campsite.
Question: What is the proper way to address a patrol officer, if the rank is unknown? Answer: This is a good question and really depends on the law enforcement organization. Here are the ways to address a law enforcement member from each organization below if you're uncertain of their rank: • State Patrol — trooper • Local/Municipal Agency — officer • Sheriff's Office — deputy • Department of Natural Resources — officer
Question: Can a young driver with a North Dakota Driving Permit legally drive in Minnesota? How about in other states? Answer: No, they cannot legally drive in Minnesota. In Minnesota, a nonresident who is at least 15 years old may drive here if they have in their immediate possession a valid driver's license from their home state or country. If you are traveling in other states, I would recommend checking with them on their laws prior to making your trip.
Question: When the speed limit is changing on a road, does the new speed limit start at the sign, or does it start when you can see the sign? Answer: The speed limit zone area becomes effective at the point you reach the sign. So if the speed limit sign/zone changes to a slower speed, slow down before the sign and not after. If the speed limit changes to a higher speed, wait until you get to the increased speed limit sign before increasing your speed.
Question: Some of my fellow bus drivers and are I are debating if it 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?