Enforcement

Protecting the integrity and safety of the MnPASS lanes

MnDOT has a two-year contract with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Patrol Office that dedicates six state patrol officers to enforce the MnPASS Express Lanes during peak-travel times.  

The state troopers will monitor the MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E, I-394 and on I-35W during the morning and afternoon peak-travel times. Motorists should expect to see at least one trooper in each MnPASS lane during the morning and evening commute times.

The troopers will primarily enforce the MnPASS lane but they will not ignore other violations such as expired license tabs, speeding or erratic driving.

During peak-travel times, troopers will identify vehicles that do not have a MnPASS tag attached to the windshield. They will then look for whether there is another occupant in the car. If there isn't another occupant in the car, the driver risks being pulled over and getting a citation. Occupants include children and infants, but do not include pets.

It is also illegal to cross solid, double white lines and the troopers will watch for this.

Depending on the county in which they are issued, citations can cost up to $200.

Enforcement Activity Log

2017

Aug. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2017

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Total Vehicles Stopped MnPASS/HOV citations and warnings Other citations/warnings*

Crashes attended

813 223 578 12
*other citations include crossing double white lines, HOV ramps, speeding, seatbelts, distracted driving, DAR/DAS/DAC, warrant arrests, moving/equipment violations

July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Total Vehicles Stopped MnPASS/HOV citations and warnings Other citations/warnings*

Crashes attended

788 354 520 12
*other citations include crossing double white lines, HOV ramps, speeding, seatbelts, distracted driving, DAR/DAS/DAC, warrant arrests, moving/equipment violations

Mar. 1, 2017 through Mar. 31, 2017

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Total Vehicles Stopped MnPASS/HOV citations and warnings Other citations/warnings*

Crashes attended

1,108 435 671 14
*other citations include crossing double white lines, HOV ramps, speeding, seatbelts, distracted driving, DAR/DAS/DAC, warrant arrests, moving/equipment violations

Jan. 1, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2017

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Total Vehicles Stopped MnPASS/HOV citations and warnings Other citations/warnings*

Crashes attended

770 307 340 30
*other citations include crossing double white lines, HOV ramps, speeding, seatbelts, distracted driving, DAR/DAS/DAC, warrant arrests, moving/equipment violations

2016

Dec. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Total Vehicles Stopped MnPASS citations and warnings Other citations/warnings*

Crashes attended

904 355 976 19
*other citations include crossing double white lines, HOV ramps, speeding, seatbelts, distracted driving, DAR?DAS?DAC, warrant arrests, moving/equipment violations

Nov. 1, 2016 through Nov. 30, 2016

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Total Vehicles Stopped Citations Double White Line Violations

Crashes attended

841 265 673 21

Oct. 1, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2016

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Citations Warnings Type of Violation

Crashes attended

281 158 MnPASS/HOV violation 14

Sept. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2016

I-35E, I-35W, I-394

Citations Warnings Type of Violation

Crashes attended

147 189 MnPASS/HOV violation 19