“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol

Traffic quiz:

  1. It is legal to operate a motor vehicle without a license plate light.   True or False
  2. The use of headphones while driving a motor vehicle is legal as long as the driver has one ear           uncovered.   True or   False
  3. The maximum bumper height for a private passenger vehicle or station wagon is 20 inches. True or   False
  4. It is legal to drive a pickup with the tailgate down, even if it is empty.   True or False
  5. An unattended vehicle obstructing traffic may be removed by a police officer.   True or False
  6. Animals either ridden or herded are considered traffic while using the roadway for purposes of travel. True   or False
  7. A Minnesota resident can receive a speeding ticket from another state jurisdiction, not pay the fine, and have his/her license in Minnesota suspended until such fines are paid. True or   False
  8. A bottom-dump cargo vehicle transporting gravel must be equipped with wheel flaps that cover the entire width of the vehicle, and have a ground clearance of six inches or less when fully loaded. True   or False
  9. A law enforcement agency can mandate the number of citations that they want their officers to write monthly?   True   or False
  10. You can loan your car to someone, even though you know their license is suspended.           True   or False


Answer Key, 1:F 2:T 3:T 4:F 5:T 6:T 7:T 8:T 9:F 10:F

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848. (Or reach him at, [email protected])