Advocates and supporters of distraction free driving legislation rallied in the State Capitol rotunda on Thursday. According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one in four crashes, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries each year.
The legislation would specifically ban hand-held cellphones while driving. If passed, Minnesota would join 14 other states and the District of Columbia to prohibit their use while driving. The bill would still allow the use of cellphones in hands-free mode.
Advocates argue the legislation is common-sense and will reduce avoidable injuries and deaths. This bill is about saving lives and making sure no parent or family member ever receives a phone call about a death of a loved one due to distracted driving. We all need to take more responsibility for the safety of ourselves and others when we’re behind the wheel. We are one of 46 states to ban texting while driving.
Now it’s time to hang up and drive.