Please keep in mind that any road might have conditions at any time, which would cause an officer to stop you for driving "too fast for conditions," regardless of what the posted speed limit is for that area.
The pedestrian warning signs are just to warn you to watch for pedestrians.
All officers have the same authority on highways going through "open" tribal reservations. Only federal officers have authority on "closed" reservations. On open reservations, tribal officers have a dual role, because of tribal laws to enforce on registered band members. At least some reservations have their own court systems used for their own people. There are some limitations of enforcement by non-tribal officers on band members on certain reservations.
If you have specific questions about a specific reservation, you may need to call its public safety personnel directly. Our troopers who work each of those areas are required to be familiar with their own jurisdictions and logistics of authority. On open reservations both tribal and other officers attend crashes and perform motorist assists on highways. They also assist each other as needed.
If you have any questions for future columns concerning motor vehicle traffic in Minnesota, please send your questions to: ASK A TROOPER, c/o Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, MN State Patrol, P.O. Box 644, Brainerd, MN 56401. Questions are edited.
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