Minnesota Distracted Driving Laws
In Minnesota, distracted driving laws were put into effect in 2008. Since then, the number of motor vehicle deaths has decreased significantly, in large part thanks to these laws. Unlike some other states, Minnesota has no bans on talking on a cell phone for adult drivers, but there are bans on cell phone use for novice drivers, as well as bus drivers. In addition, all drivers are prohibited from text messaging.
Bus drivers in Minnesota are banned from all cell phone use (hands-free and hand-held). This is a primary law, which means that a police officer has the right to pull you over and give you a ticket for using a cell phone while driving, even if you haven’t done some other traffic violation.
Novice drivers, which means drivers younger than 18 or with a learner/provisional license during the first year after obtaining the license, are prohibited from all cell phone use (hands-free and hand-held). This is also a primary law.
Text Messaging Ban
All drivers in the state of Minnesota are banned from text messaging. This is another primary law, that makes it illegal for all drivers, regardless of age, to compose, send, or read text messages, while behind the wheel. Text messaging is not allowed even if your vehicle is not in motion. However, drivers are allowed to use devices that are permanently attached to the vehicle, as well as navigation systems.
Drivers who break Minnesota distracted driving laws face a minimum fine of $135.
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