Bill banning cellphone use while driving proposed

Published 9:42 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ST. PAUL — Several state lawmakers are proposing legislation that bans cellphone use while driving, with the exception of hands-free devices.

Democrat Rep. Frank Hornstein said more and more accidents are the result of distracted driving. He said this law would save lives and prevent injuries. According to a press release, Hornstein is co-authoring the bill with Republican Rep. Mark Uglem.

If the bill passes, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Minnesota would join 14 other states and Washington, D.C. that have a “hands free” law. Minnesota has banned texting while driving since 2008. All but four states have similar texting bans.

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