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HF 2939

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/11/2010 04:30pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to traffic regulations; authorizing protective agents to use flashing lights
in certain traffic situations; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 169.64,
subdivision 3, by adding a subdivision; 326.338, subdivision 4.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.64, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Flashing lights.

Flashing lights are prohibited, except on an authorized
emergency vehicle, school bus, bicycle as provided in section 169.222, subdivision 6,
road maintenance equipment, tow truck or towing vehicle, service vehicle, farm tractor,
self-propelled farm equipment, rural mail carrier vehicle, funeral home vehicle,new text begin protective
agent vehicle,
new text end or on any vehicle as a means of indicating a right or left turn, or the presence
of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, overtaking, or passing.
All flashing warning lights shall be of the type authorized by section 169.59, subdivision
, unless otherwise permitted or required in this chapter.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.64, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Flashing light on protective agent vehicle. new text end

new text begin A protective agent vehicle
must be equipped with flashing or intermittent red and amber lights of a type approved by
the commissioner of public safety. The lights must be placed on the dome of the vehicle at
the highest practicable point visible from a distance of 500 feet. The flashing red light
must be displayed only when the protective agent vehicle is engaged in performing the
duties described in section 326.32, subdivision 13, paragraph (a), clause (3), and section
326.338, subdivision 4, clause (4).
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 326.338, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Protective agent.

A person who for a fee, reward, or other valuable
consideration undertakes any of the following acts is considered to be engaged in the
business of protective agent:

(1) providing guards, private patrol, or other security personnel to protect persons or
their property or to prevent the theft, unlawful taking of goods, merchandise, or money, or
to prevent the misappropriation or concealment of goods, merchandise, money, or other
valuable things, or to procure the return of those things;

(2) physically responding to any alarm signal device, burglar alarm, television
camera, still camera, or a mechanical or electronic device installed or used to prevent or
detect burglary, theft, shoplifting, pilferage, losses, or other security measures;

(3) providing armored car services for the protection of persons or property;

(4) controlling motor traffic on public streets, roads, and highways for the purpose
of escorting a funeral procession and oversized loads; or

(5) providing management and control of crowds for the purpose of safety and

A person covered by this subdivision may perform the traffic control duties in clause
(4) in place of a deleted text beginpolicedeleted text end new text beginpeace new text endofficer when a special permit is required, provided that
the protective agent is first-aid qualified.