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Minnesota officials step up outreach on new hands-free law


Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

This April 24 photo shows one of several distracted drivers using a cell phones and spotted by Eagan police officers during the "Busted by the Bus" initiative. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is trying to raise awareness about a new law that takes effect Aug. 1 that requires drivers to use hands-free devices to talk on the phone while driving. The law bars motorists from holding and using cell phones or other wireless devices while driving.

With a little more than a month before Minnesota's new hands-free law goes into effect, officials are intensifying efforts to make sure people know what they can and can't do behind the wheel.

Minnesota motorists will no longer be able to hold a cellphone while driving come Aug. 1. That means no dialing, texting, scrolling or even typing in an address while using a phone as a GPS. Drivers can complete phone calls, send voice-activated text messages, listen to podcasts and use a phone to get directions, provided it's all done without touching the phone.


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