Officers hand out cellphone clips in advance of hands-free law

Updated: July 09, 2019 08:49 AM

Law enforcement officials want drivers to keep their hands off their phones and their eyes on the roads, which is why officials have launched a program to hand out more than 1,000 phone clips to Minnesota drivers.

In less than a month, the hands-free cellphone law goes into effect.

RELATED: Minnesota builds awareness of new hands-free cellphone law

Monday, officers were handing out cellphone clips to drivers to help prevent distracted driving.

Police said more than 60,000 crashes were caused by distracted driving from 2014 to 2018.

"We understand that people have jobs that require them to speak a lot on the telephone so just make sure if you have that option, that you plan ahead for that and you use your Bluetooth or your speaker phone," Lt. Gordon Shank, with the Minnesota State Patrol, said.

The phone clip initiative was made possible by the Hopkins Police Crime Prevention Fund.

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