Minnesota will be progressively expanding fog line widths from 4 to 6 inches as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) completes routine construction projects. MnDOT said they are widening fog lines to try to reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths. But can you get pulled over for crossing these fog lines?
Simply put, yes. In Minnesota, a police officer can pull someone over if the officer has “reasonable articulable suspicion” that someone committed a crime or a traffic violation. Under many circumstances, the Minnesota Appellate Courts have upheld a stop where an officer pulled a person over for even touching the fog line with their tire because touching the fog line constitutes “reasonable suspicion.” This means that it may be a reasonable seizure for the police to pull over your vehicle even if just the outside of your tire grazes the fog line.