Extra hands-free and distracted driving enforcement on Minnesota roads through Aug. 8

Minnesotans are reminded to park the phone and there will be extra hands-free and distracted driving enforcement on the roads from August 1 to 8.

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Minnesotans are reminded to park the phone as more drivers seem to be slipping back into bad habits. Law enforcement and traffic safety partners will conduct extra hands-free and distracted driving enforcement on the roads through Aug. 8.

"Recommit to driving distraction-free and go hands free with your cell phone. Together we can save lives,” said Mike Hanson, director of Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

The Minnesota hands-free law went into effect on August 1, 2019. Recently, State Patrol troopers and law enforcement officers have seen a rise in the use of hands-free phone mounts and holders, but some drivers are not using them or having difficulty breaking the habit.

Early statistics suggest that the hands-free law is reducing distraction-related crashes.

The implications of the law are as listed:


  • Don’t hold a phone while driving.
  • The phone can be anywhere in the vehicle as long as it is not in your hand. If mounted on the windshield, it must be in the lower part of the windshield, not obstructing your view.
  • Drivers can use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions by voice commands or single-touch activation.
  • Drivers 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.
  • GPS devices and other systems like in-car screens that can only be used for navigation are exempt from the hands-free law.
  • 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.

For more information, visit the DPS-OTS website .

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