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Ask a Trooper: Can a state trooper write a traffic ticket for an infraction that they did not witness?

September 1, 2018
Sgt. Troy Christianson

Question: Can a state trooper write a traffic ticket for an infraction that they did not witness?

Answer: A peace officer may arrest or issue a citation for some traffic violations and a number of misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offenses even if the officer didn’t witness it.

The traffic infractions include:

Driving through columns of school children (within 4 hours)DWIFailure to stop at a railroad crossing (within 4 hours)Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle (within 4 hours)Railroad crossing violation (within 4 hours)School bus stop arm violations (within 4 hours)School cross walk violation (within 4 hours)

If you witness any of the above violations, please report it to your local law enforcement agency, and it will be investigated.

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.

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