Driver Ticketed For Dodging Potholes

By: KARE/NBC News
By: KARE/NBC News

(KARE) Allen Moe of Rosemount, Minnesota swerved to avoid a pothole and was ticketed.

Moe said he was taking his daughter to dance class on Saturday when an officer pulled him over.

"I simply said, 'I don't believe I did anything wrong,'" Moe said.

The officer told Moe he was swerving all over the roadway and asked if he was texting, according to Moe.

Moe said he was not and tried to explain again that he was trying to miss the potholes that line the street. Instead of empathy, Moe was cited for leaving his lane, a $128 offense.

KARE 11 watched Monday as several others cars, in the same area where Moe was cited, swerved to the left and the right doing the same thing. So how does one safely avoid a pothole?

A city spokesperson told KARE 11 in most cases it's safe to drive slowly through them. However, when KARE 11 reported seeing a public works vehicle leave its lane to miss potholes, the spokesperson then wrote in an email that each situation is different and the law states that drivers should stay in their lane unless it's not safe.

Moe believes the current condition of Shannon Parkway is not safe. Crews were repairing the potholes Monday and the road is scheduled to be resurfaced in June, but Moe said he can't wait until then.

"I cannot afford to have all these costly repairs done to my front end so I plan to travel this same pathway just as I have the last couple of years," Moe said.

The police chief was not in the office Monday but the city spokesperson told KARE 11 the chief would review the case and make recommendations this week. Moe said he plans to fight the ticket in court, if necessary.


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