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Hands-Free: Now the Law in Minnesota

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Governor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law April 12 to help further reduce distractions behind the wheel.

Starting Aug. 1, drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones in their hands. They will be able to use their phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single touch activation without holding the phone.

Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free. We want Minnesotans to stay safe, stay alive and stay out of trouble under the new law.

Visit the HandsFreeMN website for more information.

Bike and Pedestrian Safety Is Everyone's Concern

A pedestrian crossing a streetIf you think it’s exclusively up to bicyclists and pedestrians to keep themselves safe, think again. Drivers share that responsibility, too. For example, although bicyclist behaviors (such as not obeying a traffic signal) contribute to about half of all crashes with vehicles, driver behaviors (such as distraction) contribute to the other half. And considering that pedestrians and bicyclists make up almost 12 percent of all traffic fatalities every year, their safety is a significant issue.

Our latest blog features tips that will help you stay safe no matter how you get around.


Motorcyclists, Have You Done Your Training This Season?

A rider navigates a motorcycle training course

Whether this is your first year on a motorcycle, or whether you’re an experienced rider, there’s a motorcycle training course for you. You don’t have to be a beginner to benefit from a motorcycle training course at one of the 25 training locations throughout Minnesota.

You can brush up on your skills with intermediate, advanced and expert courses.

Check out our blog to learn why you should take a motorcycle training course, which level is right for you, and how to register.


Featured Video

Video Description: Megan Goeltz, a mother and certified nursing assistant, was at a stop sign in February 2016 when she was hit and killed by a driver, who her family says was distracted by a cell phone.