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Minnesota Families Advocate for Hands Free Bill

April 10, 2019

On March 27th, local community members spoke to Alicia Lewis from Kare 11 about how their families were affected by distracted driving. Losing loved ones to a distracted driver has led these families to advocate for distraction free driving. Watch the full video here.

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Imagine what they do in Maryland — but in Minnesota

April 7, 2019

The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Maryland, wrote a story about local law enforcement participating in the National Distracted Driving Campaign during the month of April. Maryland is a state where drivers can be cited for using their cellphones while behind the wheel. We hope one year our officers of the law in Minnesota are able to crack down on distracted driving like they already do with Click It or Ticket and Toward Zero Deaths. The story notes: “The National Highway…

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It’s a Big Day in the Senate for the Hands-Free Bill

March 25, 2019
Driving on phone

‘Hands-free’ cellphone bill advances in Minnesota Senate. By Stephen Montemayor ·  StarTribune · The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday for a bill barring cellphone use while driving unless the phone is being used in a “hands-free” mode.Although the measure passed 56-10 with bipartisan support, lawmakers still have to work out differences with a similar bill that passed in the House last week.

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Pioneer Press describes how the House passed the hands-free bill

March 19, 2019
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Just a year ago, further restrictions on how a driver can use a cellphone seemed like a long shot at the Legislature. But when they returned to the Capitol in January lawmakers had a simple message for backers of requiring only hands-free use behind the wheel — your activism worked. State Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, thanked those who lost family members and friends for sharing their heartbreaking stories with lawmakers.

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Hands-free bill passes House Judiciary, headed to Ways and Means

March 6, 2019

House File 50, better known as the hands-free bill, passed out of the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division today, Wednesday, March 6, and is on its way to the House Ways and Means Committee. Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council, says that once it passes Ways and Means, it will be set for a floor vote. The House describes HF50 as: “Cellphone use while a motor vehicle is in motion prohibited, with hands-free mode exception.”

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#Distractions can last a lot longer than people realize. Learn more at https://t.co/qpv6RaOQ1n and #JustDrive. #DistractedDriving

"We know it's a problem, but we've not broken our behavior patterns. It's extremely rare seeing somebody driving ... without a seat belt. I hope somewhere in the near future, it's like that with cellphones." - Joe McMahon. #distracteddriving. https://t.co/R1BmVNjEiK

We will be sharing images of distracted driving victims the rest of the month as extra enforcement continues. The Riggs family wants you to know more about David, who they say was killed by a distracted driver. Stop driving distracted before it kills you — or someone you love.

Distracted driving is not just texting and driving. Put down the donut, the latte, the makeup. Put down anything other than the steering wheel and #JustDrive

What if this was your last text? Put your phone down and #ListenToLife 📢
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