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"Ask a Trooper" answers traffic questions

by Bonnie Amistadi

“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol

 

Question: Are motorists supposed to yield for funeral processions?

 

Answer: Yes. Minnesota State Statute states: “When any funeral procession identifies itself by using regular lights on all cars and by keeping all cars in close formation, the driver of every other vehicle, except an emergency vehicle, shall yield the right-of-way.”

 

Question: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow?

 

Answer: Yes. The only roadway in Minnesota with an actual posted minimum speed limit is the freeway. Obviously, weather conditions can effect that, and the actual and potential hazards then existing on the highway state a driver must use due care in operating a vehicle. Therefore, traveling under that limit would be legal and encouraged (snow, ice, fog, etc…). 

 

Here is what Minnesota State Statute says about impeding traffic: “No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law or except when the vehicle is temporarily unable to maintain a greater speed due to a combination of the weight of the vehicle and the grade of the highway.”

 

So, I look at it as how a “normal and reasonable” person would travel on a road. If it’s a clear, sunny day and roads are in good condition, and a motorist is unable to maintain a safe speed, I would have to look into the reason why beyond the violation:

-   Impairment (alcohol or drugs, even prescription medications)

-   General physical/health problems

-   Diabetic loss of consciousness or seizures

-   Vision problems

-   Lack of physical driving skills

-   Lack of knowledge of traffic laws

-   Mental or emotional problems (including road rage, memory loss, etc…).

-   Others

 

If one or more of these examples was a factor, re-examination of a driver may very well be needed.

 

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205.  (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at,jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).