When speed limits on rural two-lane state highways increased from 55 mph to 60 mph, highway work zone speeds increased too, because the law only allowed work zone speeds to be reduced by 15 mph. Effective Aug. 1, 2010, a new law will allow the Department of Transportation to reduce speeds in work zones by 20 mph.
Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) and Sen. Joe Gimse (R-Willmar) sponsor the law, which also includes a requirement that, beginning Aug. 1, 2010, driverís manuals will be updated to instruct slow-moving vehicles to use the far-right lane on multi-lane roads.
Effective May 18, 2010, the law exempts school bus drivers from wearing seat belts. (UPDATED JULY 22, 2010.)
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