Minnesota Fails to Pass Bills to Protect Enthusiasts From Unfair Citations

The Minnesota legislature failed to pass SAN-supported legislation (H.F. 1832 / H.F. 4922 / S.F. 2232) to change certain traffic infractions from primary offenses to secondary offenses. Current law includes the following traffic infractions as primary offenses: operating a motor vehicle without a muffler in good working order or exceeding vehicle noise limits, without a light illuminating a license plate, with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and with an obstructed or missing rear-view mirror. A secondary offense is one for which a citation can only be issued if the driver is stopped for another separate offense. These bills failed to be considered in their respective committees prior to the required legislative deadline: H.F. 1832 was with House Public Safety Finance and Policy, H.F. 4922 was with House Transportation Finance and Policy, and S.F. 2232 was with Senate Judiciary and Public Safety.

Thank you to everyone who voiced support for this effort.