Bipartisan ‘Hands-Free’ Cell Phone Legislation Introduced
St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota is one step closer to safer roads thanks to legislation introduced today prohibiting cell phone use outside of one-touch communications. Modeled after laws present in 16 states and Washington D.C. the ‘hands-free’ cell phone bill is the culmination of years of work and advocacy on this public safety issue. State Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) has been a vocal proponent of ‘hands-free’ legislation throughout his legislative career.
“Today is a very important day for creating a safer environment for drivers, passengers and pedestrians on Minnesota’s roads. Since 2008, we have been trying to move forward legislation that addresses distracted and dangerous driving through cell phone use, including increasing penalties for distracted driving. I’m pleased that this legislation has bipartisan support and I know that passing it soon will save lives,” said Senator Carlson.
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.
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