ask a trooper

by Howard Lestrud ECM Publishers A 30-year career with the Minnesota State Patrol came to a close officially on July 1 for Sgt. Curt Mowers, of Brainerd. Mowers, 55, is well-known through many Minnesota newspapers, including those of ECM Publishers, for his traffic safety column, “Ask a Trooper.” Mowers has regularly answered questions of readers, [...]

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Q: One thing that bothers me while driving is when a faster vehicle comes up close behind, but can’t get past me due to oncoming traffic, a no-passing zone, etc. Sometimes, to get the other driver off my bumper, I look for a right-turn lane or a large driveway on the road ahead, then signal, [...]

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A: A paper warning does not go on your driving record. As for citations for speed, according to the Driver and Vehicle Services, Speeding tickets generally stay on record for five years, serious speeds are 10 years. With that being said, each year, illegal or unsafe speed is a leading contributing factor in Minnesota’s fatal [...]

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Q: What is the law concerning funeral processions? I see them once in a while and some drivers pull over, but some mix in with the funeral procession. I just think there are a lot of people who don’t know what to do, and if you could address the rule on this it might help. [...]

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Q:  When I am driving in some towns, I have had to slam on my brakes many times to avoid hitting someone’s car door which they have opened up right in front of me.  I thought there was a law against this.  If there is, would you please write about it? A:  Sure, no problem.  [...]

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