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Accelerate, merge, not slow down, stop on interstates

Question: Why aren't there anymore yield signs at the bottom of the entrance ramp when coming onto the interstates?

Answer: I checked with a MnDOT official in Detroit Lakes and was informed that their policy is such that if there is an acceleration lane area then a yield sign is not place there. He informs me that they want us drivers to accelerate and merge into traffic and not slow down and stop there.

You and I know this can sometimes seem to be a little tricky depending on traffic but I do agree that stopping just as you are about to merge with and onto an interstate is not a good idea. And it appears that with the yield signs in place some drivers were doing just that.

Now I must inform you that the traffic on the interstate has the legal right of way. Yes traffic entering the interstate from the on ramp is required to yield if need be. So use that area to accelerate and merge with the other traffic.

Yes, here is where courtesy can go a long way in driving. That would be for a driver on the interstate to move to the left lane, even if only briefly, to allow some room for merging traffic. We all know that not every driver out there shows common courtesy don't we?

If you have any questions, send them to Trooper Andy Schmidt, Minnesota State Patrol, 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205, or e-mail