Ask a Trooper: What are some safety tips for winter driving?

Question:  I see a lot of dash camera footage on YouTube and online altogether. This got me thinking – are dash cams legal?

Answer:  Great question, as we see so many videos posted online. 

Minnesota law allows for driver feedback and safety monitoring equipment when mounted immediately behind, slightly above or slightly below the rearview mirror. Mounting it directly on the “dashboard” of the vehicle is not allowed as that could obstruct the vision of the driver.

Sgt. Neil Dickenson is Minnesota State Patrol Public Information Officer for the state’s northeast region. Send questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues to neil.dickenson@state.mn.us or by mail to Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth MN 55811. Follow Dickenson on Twitter at @MSPPIO_NE. 

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