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Hands-free driving law now in effect in Minnesota


This news story was published on August 1, 2019.
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NORTH OF IOWA – If you are traveling north of Iowa behind the wheel of a car, take note – it is illegal in Minnesota to use an electronic device while driving.

The hands-free bill was signed by Gov. Tim Walz on April 12, 2019, and went into effect Aug. 1, 2019. The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. You may not hold your phone in your hand. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone.

ILLEGAL in MN

Hand-held phone use is allowed to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties. GPS and other systems that can only be used for navigation are exempt from the Hands-Free law. In-car screens and systems are also exempt. In both cases, most of these systems lock when the vehicle is moving.

Having a cell phone tucked into a hijab, headscarf or head wrap is not against the hands-free cell phone law.

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4 Responses to Hands-free driving law now in effect in Minnesota

  1. Harry Sach Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2019 at 9:54 am

    “Having a cell phone tucked into a hijab, headscarf or head wrap is not against the hands-free cell phone law.”

    Good! At least they didn’t pander to the people who would wear such things.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 4, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Obviously your cell phone, along with your head is securely tucked way up your ass.

  2. T. Walz Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Coming soon to Minnesota, excessive whining, moaning and gnashing of teeth. But it will be somebody else’s fault.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    It’s about time. Good job Minnesota! Now if Iowa would get on board it would be good news. Distracted drivers suck. You see them in your rear view mirror all the time. The police are going to make $$$.