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Published August 01, 2009, 01:29 PM

DOT move over and concealed weapon permit laws go into effect

(WDAY TV) - A list of new laws goes into effect today in North Dakota and Minnesota. Some may seem minor, but there are two we've picked out that when followed could save your life. They are both for North Dakota. The new DOT move over law and the concealed weapon permit law. WDAY 6 Reporter Christina Vaughn joins us live to break them down.

By: Christina Vaughn, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - A list of new laws goes into effect today in North Dakota and Minnesota. Some may seem minor, but there are two we've picked out that when followed could save your life. They are both for North Dakota. The new DOT move over law and the concealed weapon permit law. WDAY 6 Reporter Christina Vaughn joins us live to break them down.

Starting today, people who apply for a concealed weapon permit will have two choices. They're broken down into two classes. By doing this, more states will recognize North Dakota’s permits and make it much less complicated.

“It’ll put North Dakota back up there, we'll get Wyoming back which a lot of people that go hunting there. People go hunting in Minnesota. And like I said, it makes no sense to go right across the river, and you can't carry.”

"Tak" who has asked to be identified only by his first name says the new permit law is a great idea. He's a trained firearms instructor and believes in being prepared, that's exactly what this new law will do.

“This actually forces people to be more trained and the more people that are out there trained carrying, definitely it's better than just sitting and taking the 10 question test.”

People carrying guns or large knives will have to take more tests and classes. "Tak" says it not only keeps people as safe as possible, but its also going to be a big benefit for the state because the permit fee is now 45 dollars.

“Brings in more money for the state because you can charge more; all around, it makes people feel safer, away from home too.”

Another new law is the addition to the move over law. From now on, dot vehicles have the same rights as emergency vehicles, meaning people need to give them space.

“Our office is the roadway, so that's where we have to work to get things done.”

Gorder says while they're working, crews sometimes aren't as alert as they should be so drivers need to help them out.

“You know, you get so focused on what you're doing out there, that sometimes you kinda, you're not really watching for that person that's coming at you from the wrong way. You're looking at your equipment or you're looking at your paper, writing and taking notes and stuff like that.”

By moving over, you're not only protecting workers, but also keeping yourself safe.

“Hitting a parked car or something like that you know as you're driving 75 miles an hour can be very dangerous.”

A couple other laws starting in Minnesota, you can now go 10 miles over the speed limit while you're passing as long as the speed limit is 55 or higher. Also, the definition of sex trafficking has changed and the punishment for it is more severe. Repeat offenders can now get up to 25 years in jail.

Minnesota daycare workers have to be trained to avoid shaken baby abuse. The new law requires 30 minutes of training for providers on the dangers for children fewer than five. The old law was for infants only.

The training covers situations that lead to shaken baby syndrome, ways to reduce risks, and communication. It's required every five years.

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