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The Hands Free Bill, signed into law by Governor Tim Walz, goes into affect on August 1st, 2019. We will have experts in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the new law.

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Distracted Driving News

Hands-free is not Distraction-free

June 7, 2019
driving by matheus ferrero

August 1, 2019 is the date when the new Hands-free Law goes live. That is great news. But I would personally like to add an informal footnote alert. Let us not assume that just because one uses a hands-free/Bluetooth enabled phone, one does not have to worry about distracted driving. Let us be clear. Hands-free is not Distraction-free. It is true that the new law addresses one of the major sources of distracted driving, i.e. using a handheld phone while…

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Speak Up About Distracted Driving: Why asking your friends to put down their phones is the best way to fight distracted driving

May 21, 2019

We are working on changing the culture around distracted driving. Even though distracted driving is killing thousands in the U.S. every year, drivers continue to do it. And you’ve likely been in the car with someone who was distracted. Did you ask them to put the phone down? To save the sandwich for home? Or offer to find the perfect radio station so they can focus on driving? Imagine if you’re in the car on your phone and your friend…

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What You Need To Know About The MN Hands Free Law

May 8, 2019

Gov. Tim Walz signs the “hands free while driving” law during a bill signing ceremony Friday, April 12, 2019, surrounded by families who have advocated for the law. Briana Bierschbach | MPR News   The Hands Free Law was signed by Gov. Tim Walz last month while surrounded by families who have lost loved ones to distracted driving. While these families have been working for decades to get this bill passed, the work isn’t done. With the Hands Free Law going…

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Announces Distracted Driving Advisory Council

May 6, 2019

Ohio has a new Distracted Driving Advisory Council, announced last week by Governor Mike DeWine. The council will work to transform the culture of distracted driving in the state. “Driving while texting, or eating, or dialing a phone should be as culturally unacceptable as drunk driving is today,” said Governor DeWine. “When drivers choose to do anything that distracts them from paying full attention to the road, they choose to risk their own lives, the lives of their passengers, and the…

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Get Educated with the Minnesota’s New Hands-free Law

April 28, 2019

Written By: Vijay b. Dixit, Chairman, Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation August 1, 2019 will usher in a safer Minnesota. On that day we will be able to proudly claim residence in a state with a hands-free law. Thanks to Governor Tim Walz for putting his signature on a bill that had evaded passage for close to a decade in the state legislator. The ever-worsening distracted driving crisis in Minnesota could not escape attention any more. Prior two years of…

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Katie Brannelly was struck as pedestrian by a distracted driver on this day in 2013. The driver had received eight texts before the crash and was likely texting at the time that Katie was stuck. Katie died 15 months later while still in a rehab hospital. https://t.co/kDEl1yNRAQ

Check out this column from Vijay: 'Hands Free is Not Distraction Free'. #EndDistractedDriving #ItCanWait https://t.co/WDFhixpFGt

Howard's powerful Unfinished Story 'The Tree House' is a reminder of the tragedies that happen everyday due to distracted driving. #EndDistractedDriving for safer roads and happier communities. #UnfinishedStories

IN honor of the Senate vote today in Mass we share one of the families stories. Thank you @Safe_Roads and Emily Stein for all you do!! https://t.co/FQkQRyYIbK

Do you want to foster a culture of safe drivers in the Minnesota community? Join us on August 10th for the 12th annual Raksha 5k Run/Walk! Get more details and register here: https://t.co/ApDqrDofjB

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