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Minnesota senators OK bill with harsh penalties for texting and driving


ANTHONY SOUFFLE - Star Tribune file

Officer Chris Walswick with the Burnsville Police talked with a driver during a traffic stop in 2017.

Drivers who text behind the wheel could face steeper fines, license suspensions and - if they hit and kill someone - up to 10 years in prison.

The tough new penalties are part of a distracted-driving bill that cleared the Minnesota Senate Monday by a vote of 56-9. If the House follows suit and the increased penalties become law, Minnesota would have some of the stiffest sanctions in the nation.


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