Texting while driving has been against the law in Minnesota for years, but you could still legally pick up your phone to answer a call while behind the wheel.
Those days are numbered. The state’s hands-free cellphone driving requirement kicks in August 1, meaning holding your phone while operating a motor vehicle is punishable by a $50 ticket on the first offense and $275 for tickets thereafter.
The new law allows drivers over 18 to use their cell phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts or get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone.
For more information, visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/Pages/default.aspx