Ask the Chief: Drive prudently when in a park zone

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"Ask The Chief" allows readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs and the department in general.

Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us.

Q: I have noticed people driving fast at Memorial Park and Colvill. What is the speed at these parks? I think more signs might help. Can anything else be done?

A: Thank you for your question, the city of Red Wing has an excellent park system and we want to ensure that our parks remain safe for all users and guests.

Minnesota Statute 169.14, Speed Limits, Zones: Radar states that "No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions. Every driver is responsible for becoming and remaining aware of the actual and potential hazards then existing on the highway and must use due care in operating a vehicle. In every event speed shall be so restricted as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care."

This same statute also states that the posted speed limit may not be lower than 20 mph in parks.

However, it is important to point out/remind you that no matter what the speed limit sign says, the law states "reasonable and prudent," therefore if the park is busy and numerous people are out walking, you may receive a ticket for following the posted speed if your speed is not reasonable and prudent under the conditions.

You could also be given a ticket under Minnesota Statute 169.13 Reckless or Careless Driving.

• Reckless driving is when a person who drives a motor vehicle while aware of and consciously disregarding a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the driving may result in harm to another or another's property is guilty of reckless driving.

• Careless driving is when any person who operates or halts any vehicle upon any street or highway carelessly or heedlessly in disregard of the rights of others, or in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger any property or any person, including the driver or passengers of the vehicle.

Help us keep our parks safe for everyone, if you observe unsafe behavior/driving please report it to 651-385-3155 (Dispatch non-emergency number) with a description of the vehicle, license plate, dangerous behavior observed and a description of the driver if available.

References

1. Minnesota Statute 169.14, Speed Limit, Zones; Radar, located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/2017/cite/169.14?keyword_type=all&ke...

2. Minnesota Statute 169.13, Reckless or Careless Driving, located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/169.13