Minnesota’s Hands Free Law Starts Aug 1
Distracted driving contributes to nearly one-fifth of all auto accidents in Minnesota. The goal of the statewide Hands-Free Law, which takes effect Aug 1, is to force drivers to put down their device while driving in hopes of reducing distracted driving related accidents.
Starting next week, Minnesota drivers will not be permitted to use cell phones for calls, texts, or any other reason except through voice commands or in another manner that doesn’t require the user to touch the device. Hand-held cell phone use while driving will only be permitted in the case of obtaining emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life or safety, or while performing official duties in an authorized emergency vehicle.
The penalties for violating the law include a $50 fine plus court fees for first time offenders and a $275 fine for repeat offenders.
Hands-Free = Ticket Free
Throughout August, the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) and the City will be distributing information, reminders, and interactive social media posts to help residents with the transition to the new law. Follow the City of Golden Valley on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also the GVPD on Twitter to keep up.
To learn more about the Hands-Free Law, visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.