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Minnesota's new hands-free cellphone law, Get To Know It

Law takes effect August 1

June 07, 2019 - 6:45 am

There's no time like the present to get used to Minnesota's new hands-free cell phone law.

A new website spells out all drivers need to know about the new law.

Both the State Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety are reminding folks to learn the new rules now, before the law officially takes effect August 1.

RELATED: Hands-free cellphone law signed by Gov. Walz

Simply put, the new law says you cannot have a phone in your hand for any purpose while driving.

"Gets rid of the hypocracy related to, 'am I texting and driving, and that's illegal,' or 'am I dialing a phone number and that is legal,' or 'am I composing an email and is that texting,' " said Minnesota State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer. "It just removes all of this from the equation."

Phones can be used as a navigation aid, but must be programmed before the car is in gear and put on the road. 


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