What Is Minnesota’s Ted Foss Law?
A lot of people will use the long holiday weekend to sneak in one last summer road trip with their family or friends. In fact, travel experts are predicting a really busy weekend on Minnesota roads. AAA expects travel to return to pre-pandemic levels with Friday afternoon and Monday being especially busy on area roads and highways.
You can bet the Minnesota State Patrol will be working extra hard to keep motorists safe. Watch your speed, buckle up, don't drink and drive, and obey the Ted Foss law. Obey the rules of the road because State Troopers will be issuing citations for all violators.
What Is Minnesota's Ted Foss Law
Sgt. Troy Christianson recently explained what the law is and the tragic story of how it got its name. Read about that below.
And, if you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota you can email Sgt. Christianson or find him on Twitter @MSPPIO_SOUTH
Anyone that's caught breaking the Ted Foss law can be issued a fine of $130 or more.
Christianson says, the Ted Foss law "got its name from a tragedy. Trooper Ted Foss was conducting a traffic stop Aug. 30, 2000, on the shoulder of Interstate 90 when he was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. He left behind his wife, Andrea, and two kids."
Sgt. Christianson explains the law states, "When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks."
If you are unable to safely move over you should reduce your speed.
The reason for the law is obvious, it's to protect the lives of emergency workers and other motorists.
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