By Courtney King, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With a new year comes a new traffic law and stepped up DUI enforcement for the state of Minnesota.

A new law says that drivers who block an intersection that is controlled by a stop light can be ticketed.

“The goal of the law is to keep traffic moving. Don’t enter that intersection until you know you can get all the way through the intersection on that green light.” said Capt. Matt Langer, spokesperson for the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Langer also said there will be additional DUI enforcement during New Year’s celebrations.

“There is additional enforcement all over the state of Minnesota. And of course any trooper that is working today is specifically looking for impaired drivers.” Langer said.

With overnight lows near zero degrees and slippery roads, Langer believes tonight would be a perfect night to plan ahead.

“Driver sober, plan ahead, take a cab, take a bus, but please don’t get behind the wheel.” suggested Langer.

Comments (25)
  1. Jenny says:

    I can give the cops a couple of intersections to sit at in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll fill their quota in 20 minutes during afternoon rush hour.

    1. daughter of a public safety officer says:

      Police don’t have a “quota” to fill. That’s the oldest cop-myth there is.

      1. Kieron says:

        All myths have a grain of truth to them, sweetie.

    2. Dan says:

      I know what you mean. It might be the same ones I drive. In my case driving on Washington its the last few lights before 35W.

      1. Katrina says:

        even the myth about the earth being flat, sweetie?

  2. chuck in st paul says:

    I’m not a big fan of The Peoples Republic of Minnesota’s legislature, but this is certainly a law I can like. Like most of you, I get really annoyed at the self centered idiots that crowd into the intersection on their light blocking the cross traffic when the light turns.

    Fair is fair – a hat tip to the state legislature for this one.

  3. Mike in Maplewood says:

    Now they should repeal the right turn on red law. My guess is that 70 percent of the drives do not come to a stop and/or pull right out in front of you!

  4. Alex V says:

    Or better yet, we should change the law requiring drivers to come to a complete stop when making a right turn on red, and just make them yield instead.

  5. Jim says:

    those downtown traffic light need to be retimed so when one turns green then you get half a block from the next one and it turns red so that’s half the problem down there FIX THOSE LIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Katrina says:

    take a bus. relax, have a cup of coffee, read a book.

  7. MrB says:

    “Quota” may not be the correct term, but deep in the hollows of every police dept, cops talk of how they want you to drink and drive so they can catch you. Why? Because it is the number one source of revenue for each of these depts. Especially the outside metro hillbilly area’s where the local sheriff;s dept depend greatly on DUI offenders.

    1. TwinCitiesJay says:

      What a ridiculous sentiment! Cops HATE drunk drivers because drunk drivers kill people. There’s not a cop in town that “wants you to drink and drive so they can catch you”.

      1. Ed says:

        Don’t you bet on that, there are awards and incentives to offices for DWI arrests.

  8. rj says:

    They can’t be every where. I recently had a problem with a stoplight coming out from our neighborhood to a county road. One phone call and less than a week later and the problem is fixed. Give them a chance…it’s been a tough winter so far!

  9. Ron says:

    There is a qouta of Field Contacts or FC’s made per shift. Anyone who has stood in a precinct roll call can attest to talks of productivity. No qoutas per se but discretion is bent at best. I personally felt a note to a parent to call me was a better option than a citation. The parents were often a better punishment than the courts as the parents were the ones paying the fines and added insurance fees..

    But then i was an old school copper… It is funny but there was less crime then….

  10. Tim says:

    The so called traffic engineers state county and city ala. Minneapolis need to
    audit the timing of the lights.They should EARN taxpayers money.

  11. justice fleeting says:

    Hey, traffic “experts”, how about synchronizing the signals. Hey, public works snow plowers, how about plowing full lanes. Hey, leftist “bicycle buddies”, how about removing the bike lanes, so we can use the road the way it was intended.

    1. Ruth says:

      Excellent and all true statements. Who’s brilliant idea was it to change the smooth moving one-way streets to slow (wait for left-turners) two-way streets? And, why do so many streets have bike lanes? Non-motorized “vehicles” aren’t allowed on freeways and should be severely restricted on the ONLY places cars can legally drive.

  12. Ignorance is NOT bliss says:

    It’s interesting that race is brought up in every issue. What is wrong with people?

  13. StraycatStrut says:

    Shame on you Kyle. Your left “stupid-ness” is showing. The law is way overdue. Try driving in downtown Maple Grove and watch the Kyle like drivers there. Pretty amazing scene all the time if you look closely.

  14. ... says:

    There’s a downtwon Male Grove

  15. Ruth says:

    Bring back the “photo cops” and nuts to those who try to fight getting a ticket for running a red light. And, if you aren’t driving your vehicle, you’d better know who is or that makes you doubly stupid.

    We need ENFORCEMENT of ALL rules of the road. If this state is in the red, ticketing stupid drivers ought to bring MN back in the black.

    1. TwinCitiesJay says:

      Agreed Ruth. Anybody that gripes when law enforcement enforces the law just sounds like a spoiled brat. Those who complain about cop “DUI quotas” or tickets for running a red light have probably never had a loved one killed by a drunk, or had their own car destroyed by a red light runner.

      If you don’t want a ticket, don’t break the law. It’s really not complicated.

  16. Mplscitizen says:

    Bus, train, bike… and this really cool thing called carpool. It’s rare to see 2 people in a car leaving downtown MPLs.