New Minn. Law Would Ban Cellphone Use in Work Zones

Updated: 02/09/2014 10:43 PM
Created: 02/09/2014 9:56 PM
By: Tim Sherno

A bill introduced at the State Capitol would outlaw cellphone use in designated highway work zones.

HF-1949 would prohibit anyone from operating a motor vehicle while using a cellphone, either handheld or hands free when the vehicle is driven through a designated work zone.

Rep. Ron Erhardt (DFL) from Edina says similar curbs are already in place, "12 states have banned cell phones entirely." Rep. Erhardt says cellphone use is another form of distracted driving as much as any other non-driving behavior, "When you're eating lunch, or looking out the window at the daisies, or whatever."

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, there have been roughly 26,000 work zone crashes in the past five years, causing more than 4000 injuries and 41 deaths.

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