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Hands-Free: Now the Law in Minnesota

A driver holding a cellphone

Governor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law 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.

Put Away the Distractions Behind the Wheel and Just Drive

Distracted driving-related crashes kill an average of 45 people each year, causing a lifetime of grief and pain for the families left behind and an untold story of what could have been.

Protect yourself and everyone around you by putting the distractions away and focusing 100 percent on the road. Remember: Distracted driving is not just cellphones and texting. It can be anything that takes your attention away from driving: eating, reaching for items, changing music, and dealing with rowdy passengers or kids.

Extra distracted driving enforcement is on Minnesota roads now through April 30.

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Video Description: State Patrol Col. Matt Langer and OTS Director Mike Hanson joined families of distracted driving victims and legislators as Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and aims to prevent distracted driving crashes.