Effective August 1, 2019, the Hands-Free bill became law in Minnesota.
Now, when you want to talk on the phone while driving, you’ll be required to use a hands-free device, or you could pay a fine of $275 if found in violation. This will help ensure Minnesota roads are safer to drive as motorists will be less distracted.
What can I do under the new law?
The new law allows a driver to use their wireless 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.
Can I ever hold my phone?
Yes. Hand-held phone use is allowed to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties.
Can I use a GPS navigation device?
Yes. GPS and other systems that can only be used for navigation are exempt from the Hands-Free law. In-car screens and systems are also exempt. It is recommended to use a wireless phone car mount.
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