HANDS-FREE

Extra distracted driving enforcement in MN as state marks one year of being hands-free

Minnesota’s hands-free law went into effect August 1st, 2019

MINNESOTA — For a little over a year, Minnesotans have been required by the hands-free law to put down their phones while driving, in the hopes of making roads safer for everyone. “Unfortunately, a year after the hands-free law went into effect, we’re seeing some drivers who haven’t gotten the message and have not changed their behavior,” says Minnesota Office…

It’s Now Illegal To Hold A Phone While Driving in MN

The State is the 19th One to Implement This Law

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota drivers are no longer able to use their phones behind the wheel, unless it’s through voice command or single touch. “I don’t know if the rule would be followed as much as I hope it would be because, you know, they can’t pull over everyone,” said Koby Kooren of Moorhead. It looks like they might…

Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law Goes Into Effect Thursday

The Fine for Breaking the Law Will be a Minimum of $50

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s law to curb distracted driving goes into effect in just a few short hours. The entire state goes hands–free on Thursday, meaning drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones or GPS devices in hand at any point. You can still use your phone while driving, but only by voice commands. Minnesota…

Moorhead Police Department Offers Tips to Prepare for “Hands-Free” Law.

The Moorhead Police Department says more than 60,000 crashes were distracted driving related from 2014-2018.

Moorhead, MN–The Moorhead Police Department offered tips to help prepare for the new “Hands-Free” law that will take effect August 1, 2019 in Minnesota. They suggest pre-programming radio stations, programming the GPS route in advance, avoiding messy foods, and speaking up to stop drivers from distracted driving. The Moorhead Police Department says more than 60,000 crashes were distracted driving related…

Hands-Free Cell Phone While Driving Bill Stalls

The bill also stalled in the Minnesota Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A move to require Minnesota drivers to use only hands-free cell phones looks like it’s finished for the current legislative session. The bill’s sponsor, Champlin Republican Rep. Mark Uglem, says leaders told him his bill won’t get a vote as the session heads toward a finish this weekend. Uglem says he’s disappointed and concerned for people…