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Posted on: July 31, 2019

Hands-Free Minnesota Law in effect August 1, 2019

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The hands-free bill was signed by Gov. Tim Walz on April 12, 2019, and becomes law on Aug. 1, 2019.

What can I do under the new law?

The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free.

What can’t I do with my phone under the new law?

You may not hold your phone in your hand. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone.

More information at HandsFreeMN.org

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