One of the ways the Eden Prairie Police Department works to protect and serve the community is through the enforcement of traffic laws.
This effort not only keeps the roadways safer for motorists and pedestrians, but also helps to stop criminals and keep unsafe drivers off the roads. Below is more information about traffic laws.
State law requires motorists to treat every corner and intersection as a crosswalk, whether it’s marked or unmarked, and drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians.
State law requires that children under 8 years of age must use a federally approved safety or booster seat, unless the child is 4-feet, 9-inches or taller. Infants under 1 weighing less than 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing car seat.
It is illegal for drivers of all ages to compose, read, or send electronic messages or access the Internet on a wireless device when the vehicle is in motion or part of traffic. This includes being stopped in traffic or at a light.
Minnesota's legal alcohol-concentration driving limit is 0.08 — but motorists can be arrested for DWI at lower levels.
In addition the law states that:
- Passengers are prohibited
- Scooters may not be operated on a sidewalk
- The scooter operator must be 12 years old or older
- Those under age 18 must wear a helmet properly fitted and fastened
- The scooter must have a headlight and taillight to be operated at night
- A person may operate a scooter on a bicycle path if there is no sign posted restricting motorized traffic
When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, street maintenance, and construction vehicles.
Eden Prairie City Code prohibits vehicles from being parked on City streets after a 2-inch snowfall until the streets have been plowed to full width. Cars cannot be parked in the same spot on a City street for more than 24 hours. The car must be moved at least one block to be in compliance with the ordinance.
Owners of vehicles that are parked in violation of the ordinance will be cited and/or the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense. If a vehicle has been towed from City property or streets, it will be taken to Matt’s Auto Service in Eden Prairie.
Matt's Auto Service
6282 Industrial Drive
State law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions — including in the backseat — to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.