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

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.

Read More

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

Photo by melissa mjoen on Unsplash

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.

Read More

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

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.”

Read More

Hands-Free Cellphone Bill Unlikely to Become Law in Minnesota

Legislation that would make Minnesota the 17th state to ban drivers from using hand-held phones and electronic devices will not get a vote on the House floor, likely killing the measure for the fourth straight year. Chief author Rep. Mark Uglem, R-Champlin, on Tuesday, said that the bill would not receive a vote on the…

Read More

Hands-Free Bill Remains Alive, But No Floor Votes Yet. WHY?

A public safety bill passed the Minnesota House this week that includes a provision outlawing cell phone use in construction zones, and another calling for tougher penalties for “distracted driving.” But, so far, separate bills in both the House and Senate mandating hands-free cell phone use are still awaiting floor votes.

Read More

Dixit: Help the hand-free cellphone bill to become a law

I am not a linguist. But I have closely watched the evolution of a term that has indeed become an obsession for me. This term was a tongue twister only 10 years ago. Today it is ubiquitous with its dreadful presence and has totally erased its tongue-twisting character. The term is “distracted driving” — which…

Read More

A Hands-free Law in Minnesota-Round 2

driving by matheus ferrero

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day in the United States, 9 traffic fatalities and 1,000 injuries occur in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Data shows that electronic devices like cell phones distract drivers the most, any additional non-driving activities by a driver cumulatively increase cognitive impairment.

Read More