ASK A TROOPER by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol
Question: I was stopped for speeding and ticketed by an officer who told me that that the violation would not go on my record because it is not over 10 miles per hour over the limit and it was in a 55 mile per hour speed zone. I found out later that it did in fact go on my record. I have a Commercial Vehicle Drivers License, but I was in my car at the time of the stop. Whats the deal? Thanks for your time.
Answer : The law exempting 65/55 speeding convictions from driving records doesnt apply to Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) or Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders, even if the CDL holder is driving a passenger car at the time of the 65/55 speeding violation.
171.12 Subdivision. 6 talks about certain convictions not recorded:
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (c), the department shall not keep on the record of a driver any conviction for a violation of a speed limit of 55 miles per hour unless the violation consisted of a speed greater than ten miles per hour in excess of the speed limit.
(b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), the department shall not keep on the record of a driver any conviction for a violation of a speed limit of 60 miles per hour unless the violation consisted of a speed greater than:
(1) ten miles per hour in excess of the speed limit, for any violation occurring on or after August 1, 2012, and before August 1, 2014; or
(2) five miles per hour in excess of the speed limit for any violation occurring on or after August 1, 2014.
(c) This subdivision does not apply to (1) a violation that occurs in a commercial motor vehicle, or (2) a violation committed by a holder of a class A, B, or C commercial driver's license, without regard to whether the violation was committed in a commercial motor vehicle or another vehicle.
So, officers should make sure they do not inform violators driving a CMV or issued a CDL, who they are citing for 65/55, that the 65/55 speed citation wont go on their driving record, because it does. Remember, extra speed patrols are on the roads this summer. Drive at safe speeds! Minnesota state statutes are copyrighted, and a portion of the statutes was used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
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, email@example.com).