April 12, 2019 06:20 PM
On Friday, Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a bill that will require Minnesota drivers to use hands-free devices when they're driving.
The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday when the Senate approved compromise language 48-12.
The final version dropped a provision that would have allowed for phones tucked under headware such as hijabs.
The signing ceremony took place Friday morning and the law takes effect Aug. 1.
Many of the families who have been affected by distracted driving and have tirelessly advocated for this law are the reason we're here today. I'm glad to sign this bill into law to help prevent senseless accidents and improve public safety across our state. #mngov #mnleg— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) April 12, 2019
Sponsors say the experience of 16 other states and the District of Columbia with similar distracted-driving laws shows they save lives.
Minnesota already bans texting, emailing and web browsing while driving. The law will carry a $50 fine for the first violation and $275 after that.
Lawmakers are considering separate legislation to increase penalties for texting while driving.
The Associated Press
Updated: April 12, 2019 06:20 PM
Created: April 12, 2019 09:04 AM
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