Legislation is proven to reduce distracted driving accidents
St. Paul, Minn. –Minnesota is one step closer to safer roads thanks to the passage of HF 50 today. Modeled after laws present in 16 states and Washington D.C. the ‘hands-free’ cell phone bill passed off of the floor by a vote of 56-10.
“Distracted driving has caused far too many accidents, deaths, and heartache for Minnesota’s families, which is why it is so important that hands-free becomes law in our state,” said Senator Bigham. “We know that in the states with this legislation in place, the number of accidents decrease. If this can save even one life, then we have a responsibility to put it in place.”
While current law already bans emailing, texting and using a web browser while driving, this bill would require drivers to use their cell phones in a ‘hands-free’ mode only allowing voice activated commands or other actions that need one touch activation. The bill would enact the same enforcement and penalties for using a cell phone outside of ‘hands-free’ mode.
The bill now moves into a conference committee with the House.
About Senator Karla Bigham
Karla Bigham is a state senator who represents Cottage Grove, Hastings, South St. Paul, St. Paul Park, Newport, Afton and neighboring townships. She is a member of the following committees: Environment and Natural Resources Finance; Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy; and Human Services Reform Finance and Policy.