Wild Rose, WI asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: What is the statute on passing a vehicle in minnesota

I was in a 55mph zone and I passed this vehicle going 77. Ended up being an unmarked cop. He gave me a ticket going 70 in a 55. I looked on line and it said in minnesota you can pass a vehicle going up to 10-15 miles over the speed limit. Is that true?

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Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Minnesota Statutes section 169.14 , Subd. 2a, increases speed limits when passing by ten miles per hour over the posted speed limit when the driver is on a two-lane highway having one lane for each direction of travel, and certain other conditions apply. But exceeding the posted speed limit outside of a municipality, may only be prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable or prudent and that it is unlawful. In other words the real issue is whether the speed was reasonable or prudent, not simply whether over the posted.

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