Hands-Free Only: The Law in Minnesota
Governor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law on April 12th to help cut down on distractions behind the wheel, and now the State is rolling out a campaign to let us know how to comply.
Starting August 1st, 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.
The State Patrol reminds us that we may not hold our 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.
I'll be honest, even though I don't text while I drive, this is going to take some getting used to. Never holding my phone while I'm driving? I might need a shock collar.