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Public Awareness

Woman Driving with cell phoneThe Minnesota Department of Public Safety is creating and implementing a public awareness campaign with the goals of education all Minnesotans about the new law and to, over time, help contribute to a reduction in citations and crashes involving drivers on their mobile phones.

The Hands-Free Law will begin August 1, 2019 and the DPS will be educating citizens about the law in the weeks leading up to enactment.

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Distracted Driving — Disturbing Data

  • More than 60,000 crashes were distracted driving-related from 2014 - 2018 (preliminary), contributing to nearly one in five crashes in Minnesota.
  • Distracted driving contributes to an average of 45 deaths and 204 life-changing injuries a year (2014 - 2018 preliminary).
  • Texting citations climbed 30% from 2017 - 2018.
  • Numbers from Minnesota Courts show a disturbing trend in texting citations:

Graph of Texting Citations by Year

The information below is provided to prepare you for the law and keep our roads as safe as possible. You may also download a PDF document of FAQ's from the MN Department of Public Safety to share with friends, family and children.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What is the Law?

  • What Should Drivers Know?

  • Types of Distraction

  • It's a Myth that we can multi-task behind the wheel

  • Making the Right Choice