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Ask the chief: Come to a complete stop every time

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman

"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.

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Q: I have witnessed residents not coming to a complete stop at the intersection of West Seventh Street and Plum Street. What can be done to curb this dangerous behavior?

A: This is an excellent question as June is National Safety Month.

Referencing the Minnesota Driver's Manual, when approaching a stop sign all motorists must come to a complete stop before reaching the marked white line, a crosswalk or entering the intersection (intersection means "the area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines"). Failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign can result in a fine of $300 or more.

If a pedestrian, to include blind pedestrian carry a white or metallic in color cane, is waiting to cross the intersection, the vehicle shall stay stopped at the intersection until the pedestrian has cleared your lane of traffic. Failure to do so could result in an additional citation/fine of $175. (NOTE: Minnesota Statute 169.202, It is unlawful for any person to carry a white painted cane unless said person is a blind person.)

Unfortunately, failing to come to a complete stop may result in serious injuries or even death to innocent victims. It is the responsibility of all vehicle operators to drive responsibly and follow the rules of the road.

Bad driving habits can sneak up on you over the years, therefore, it is good to periodically reflect on your driving practices, to maintain your good driving skills.

Yes, I know what you are thinking; this also applies to me and the officers of our department to set a good example. If you observe a squad car demonstrating bad driving habits, feel free to contact me via phone or email with the date, time, squad number, location and bad driving conduct.

I have asked patrols to increase monitoring of the Seventh and Plum streets intersection for violations. Please pay attention when operating a motor vehicle, obey all traffic laws and eliminate all distractions as your life or others may depend on it.


1. Minnesota Stat Statute: 169.06, Sign, Signals, Markings, online at:

2. Minnesota Statute 169.21, Pedestrians, online at:

3. Minnesota Statute 169.202, Blind Person Carrying White Cane, located online at:

4. Minnesota Driver's Manual:

5. Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths: