Minnesota State Patrol reports 2,115 'hands-free law' violations

Updated: September 11, 2019 08:09 PM

In the first month Minnesota's new "hands-free" cellphone law was in effect, the Minnesota State Patrol issued 2,115 tickets or warnings to drivers.

In a tweet Wednesday, the State Patrol said, "Most drivers are aware that Minnesota is now a hands-free cell phone state. Unfortunately, some continue to put themselves and others by risk by handling the phone or using non-navigation apps, reading texts or scrolling or typing on the phone."


5 EYEWITNESS NEWS went on a ride-along with a Minnesota State Trooper Wednesday afternoon, and no violators were spotted in more than an hour on east metro highways.

State Patrol: Over 1,600 violations of 'hands-free law' in August

"I've been seeing a lot more of the cellphone holders up," said Trooper Sam Mielke. "You definitely can tell, too, when you go by vehicles you'll see them talking, so you know they have their blue tooth or they have it connected to their phone and they're not holding their phone at all."

In fact, Mielke said he's only been making about one "hands-free" violation stop per day, in recent weeks. He hopes that's a sign Minnesotans are taking the new law seriously.

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