ASK A COP — Can I still drive with a missing passenger side mirror?

first_imgAnswer: You are correct in knowing that each state law may differ no matter how close the states are to each other. In the great state of Texas, there is NO law that states if you turn on windshield wipers your headlights must be on. I understand a motorist will turn on his or her wipers during inclement weather conditions. In Texas, there are three events that mandate the use of headlights: first, 30 minutes after sunset; second, 30 minutes before sunrise; and third, if visibility is less than a 1,000 feet, which equates to about three city blocks. Mary, with that said, it’s not a bad idea to turn on the headlights when it’s raining. Answer: I guess we need to make a public announcement for all motorists to “beware of garbage cans sitting on the side of the roadway; they are destroying side view mirrors” (smile). I have good news for you. If your driver’s side view mirror is in place, you are NOT in violation of the state of Texas Transportation Code. In the state of Texas all motorists are required to have at least one operable side view or one operable rear view mirror, where the driver can see behind them. Vehicles are manufactured with one rear view mirror and two side view mirrors. To be in compliance with the state of Texas, at least one of those mirrors have to be attached and operable. Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  as Officer Antoine discusses the Ask A Cop article. Feel free to call in and ask your question live at 409-982-0247. Remember to email questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop! Mary Ann from Opelousas asks: I visit Port Arthur often, and oftentimes my family and I find ourselves comparing law differences in Texas and Louisiana. In Louisiana, the police are very strict concerning the windshield wiper/headlight law. In Louisiana, when you turn on your windshield wipers, you must turn on your car headlights. Is that the same law here in Texas? Kennedy from Vidor asks: I recently had a small fender bender, where my side view mirror hit a garbage can and fell off. Obviously, I didn’t do any damage to the garbage can, but my passenger mirror fell out and I need a replacement. I have to drive to Port Arthur for work and this is my only means of transportation. If I get stopped by the police, will I get a ticket for my missing side view mirror? Paul from Port Arthur asks: I have a small sports car that’s pretty fast. Let me clear the air, I’m not a speeder, I just like my car. My question is, let’s say the speed limit is 50 mph and I’m at a traffic light that’s red. When the light turns green, is it illegal to quickly get up to 50 mph? Answer: I was impressed to hear you’re not a speeder, even though you have a sports car. If you’re stopped at a traffic signal that’s red and it turns green, as long as you “DO NOT” do what’s commonly known as burn rubber from a stopped position, there’s no law governing how fast you can get up to 50 mph, as long as it can be done SAFELY! So, Paul, enjoy your sports car, drive safely and always remember speeding kills.last_img read more

Walk-on Winkel makes the most of his chances in the lineup

first_imgThis season, he has made his presence felt in the opportunitieshe’s been given.Winkel finished in second place and earned a 14.500 on theParallel Bars in the Arnold Challenge, the team’s most recent meet. The scorewas the best for any Gophers gymnast on Parallel Bars this season.  “Last year was a littlebit frustrating knowing that I had the potential to benefit the team,” Winkelsaid. “It’s nice this year to reach my potential.” Head coach Mike Burns said the other Gophers gymnasts were sohappy for him after the performance at the Arnold Challenge, they “went crazy”and crowded around him. Winkel had a different reaction.“[Winkel] was just like ‘I Still didn’t do a very good [peachbasket], though,’” Burns said.Winkel, an Afton, Minnesota native, said he always had a goal tocompete with Minnesota gymnastics. Winkel walked on to the team last year.“Growing up, I’ve always came to the meets,” Winkel said. “I wasjust always a fan of gymnastics, so it was nice to see the collegiate-levelguys [growing up].”Winkel cracked the lineup for the first time during the WindyCity Invite this season. He earned a seventh-place finish and a 13.700 on theParallel Bars. The sophomore made the starting lineup in the dual after the WindyCity. Winkel scored a 13.450 this time, but he finished in fifth as Minnesotadefeated Air Force.Winkel still does not have a scholarship. Burns was also a walk-ongymnast in college when he competed for Penn State. The team has just 6.3 full-ridescholarships to allocate to gymnasts. Burns said about 16 of the 19 gymnasts onroster receive some sort of scholarship. Walk-on Winkel makes the most of his chances in the lineupWinkel mostly competes in the Parallel Bars for the Gophers. Jack WhiteMarch 11, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore Ben Winkel didn’t crack the lineup a single time hisfirst year with the Gophers. “I’ve got a soft spot for guys like [Winkel],” Burns said. “[Awalk-on starting] is just a feather in the cap of a kid who’s willing to putthe time and effort in.”Winkel’s specialty is the Parallel Bars. He has made the lineupin that event four times. He has also made the lineup for Still Rings,competing twice in that event.The sophomore earned a 13.100 on the Still Rings in Minnesota’sloss to Illinois. The performance was actually a personal best for Winkel,however, he finished in 12th place out of 12 gymnasts. Junior Ryan Bergman also specializes in Parallel Bars. Bergmansaid it was nice to see Winkel succeed as of late.“I work pretty close with [Winkel] on P Bars, and we work everyday,” Bergman said. “It was really cool to see him go out there and do what weall knew he could do.”Winkel balances his collegiate sport with his electricalengineering major. The sophomore said he chose his major because of his passionfor renewable energy. “I think solar energy is going to be big in the future,” Winkelsaid. “I kind of want to get into that field.”Winkel competed in six duals this season and now he will look to compete in two straight meets when Minnesota hosts No. 8 Iowa and No. 15 Arizona State. He said his main goal for this year is to be a consistent memberin Gophers meets.“Keep being a solid competitor,” Winkel said. “Compete in Big Ten[championships] and NCAA [championships].”last_img read more

CIP Hikes Beatrice Stake

first_imgScotland-based SSE has sold a further 10% stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to its joint venture partner Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).SSE now holds a 40% stake in the project, with CIP controlling a 35% stake, and Repsol the remaining 25%.SSE says that the sale marks another key step in the project’s preparation for construction, in advance of the upcoming final investment decision due in March 2016.The 588MW site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the Caithness coastline at the closest point.CIP bought the initial 25% stake in the project from SSE back in November 2014.last_img read more

The Matteo’s Browns Beat – Time for Josh Gordon To Go?

first_imgCLEVELAND – Browns Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor had the game of his life this past Sunday in Miami, albeit in a losing effort. He ran, threw, caught and played just about every position on the field at times. This sudden emergence was not to be expected, but greatly needed. It got Browns fans excited for the first time in awhile about what potential this offense may have in Week Five when Josh Gordon returned from suspension to line up with Pryor. Those visions of duel threats along with an eventual triple threat from rookie phenomena Corey Coleman went up in smoke this week. (no pun intended)Just as it seemed everything was finally coming around for Gordon and his life was getting in order, he had an arrest warrant issued for him because of failure to show up for a paternity test. Then, out of nowhere after years of denying being an addict to drugs, he finally came to the realization that he truly needs help and entered an inpatient rehab center yesterday.While I applaud him for doing the right thing and finally getting the help he needs, I cannot help but question the timing of why now? He was suspended for 10 weeks of the 2014 season, all of the 2015 season, and the first four weeks of this season. He had nearly 3 years to go to rehab, including the legal and drug problems he had while in college to get it addressed. Smoking pot, is addicting, a lot of people try to say it isn’t but it clearly is. I truly hope this man gets his life turned around, for his family, his children and himself.Was he worth all of this trouble? The numbers would say so. 35 games played, 161 catches, 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns. However, common sense would say differently, enough is enough and it is time to move on.Football is only a game, is a game worth a life thrown away to drugs? NO! I wish Mr. Gordon the best moving forward, but it is time for the Browns to begin the next chapter without him.This Browns beat was brought to by Matteo’s Casual Italian in Olmsted Falls.Where this weekend Chef Tony is serving up some excellent food once again.Chef Tony’s first weekend special is grilled sausage, red peppers, eggplant, and green olives with heirloom tomatoes. His second special feature is boneless short rib atop buttered mashed potatoes and served with garlic green beans and black peppercorn sauce.Seats for this weekend are filling up fast, click here to check out the rest of the menu and book your table today. Related TopicsCleveland BrownsJosh GordonMatteo’s Casual Italian Vince McKeelast_img read more