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Hands-Free: Now the Law in Minnesota

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Governor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law April 12 to help further reduce distractions behind the wheel.

Starting Aug. 1, drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones in their hands. They will be able to use their phones 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.

Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free. We want Minnesotans to stay safe, stay alive and stay out of trouble under the new law.

Visit the HandsFreeMN website for more information.

Plan Now for Your Teen's Road Test

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It seems like just yesterday they were learning to ride a bike – and now your teen is learning to drive a car.

If you’re hoping they’ll get their road test before school starts (or even before the snow flies), you’re not alone. Many other families across Minnesota are looking to do the same thing. In fact, since the beginning of 2019, an average of 494 people have taken a class D road test every weekday in Minnesota. So you’ll want to start planning now.

Learn how in our latest blog.



Summertime Online Safety for Your Child

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Summer is finally here, and that can mean a lot more free time for the kids. And although our parents’ biggest concern was having us home by dinner time, you may have bigger worries – like how much time your kids are spending online, and what’s happening to them while they’re there.

But if you take time to prepare, communicate, and monitor, you’ll go a long way toward summer online safety for your child.

Learn how in our blog

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