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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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More