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Distracted Driving Laws

Texting and Web Access

It is illegal for drivers of all ages to compose, read, or send electronic messages or access the Internet on a wireless device when the vehicle is in motion or part of traffic. This includes being stopped in traffic or at a light.

The law does not apply to devices that are permanently affixed to the vehicle or global positioning or navigation systems.


Cell Phone Use and Texting

  • It is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone, whether hand-held or hands-free — except to call 911 in an emergency.         

Permit and Provisional License statues--MS 171.05 and MS 171.055 Subd. 2(a)

  • Cell phone use is totally banned for school bus drivers.                                                      

School bus driver statute --MS 169.443 Subd. 9(b)

Reckless or Careless Driving

  • Distracted drivers can be ticketed for reckless or careless driving when their actions demonstrate a disregard for the safety or rights of others.

 Reckless and Careless Driving Statute - M.S. 169.13