In the world of legislating transportation, in 1909, the State of Minnesota took the lead. The Sherburne County Star News reported “road rules are many and explicit. Cars are required to carry brakes, horns, lamps, etc., and speed is limited to 25 miles an hour, or 10 miles an hour at crossings, curves and other dangerous places.”
With the article in the May 6, 1909 issue, the newspaper emphasized enforcement would begin immediately. The laws become “operative May 15,” the paper reported.
At the time, the regulations and licensing came from the Secretary of State.
Previous research suggests the laws had minimal impact on Sherburne County as there were very few automobiles in the area. In a few short years, however, the transportation departments in the state would led by Elk River native, Charles Babcock. And the rules for operating the "horseless carriage" would become more important.