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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.

Let us celebrate Distraction-Free Driving.

Distracted Driving News

Hands-free bill is a Lifesaver

April 12, 2019

March column in the Eden Prairie News: By Vijay B. Dixit, Chairman Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation According to preliminary estimate from the Office of Traffic Safety, the current count of traffic fatalities stands at 65 for 2019. At the same time last year, the corresponding number was 53 which was worse than the previous year. Review of data from 2017 to 2019 shows fatality count was 357 in 2017, 380 in 2018 and 2019 is disappointingly trending upward again.…

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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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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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Minnesota Traffic Fatalities

2019 (to 5/15)