We’re very pleased to share that the state Senate passed its version of a hands-free bill Monday by a 56-10 vote, one week after the House OK'd its version 106-21. If passed, Minnesota would become the 18th state in the U.S. to require hands-free use of cellphones while making a call.
The issue has been near to our hearts here at NorthstarMLS since the passing of our colleague and friend, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble). He tragically lost his life in the summer of 2016 as the result of a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle. NorthstarMLS has been helped support this important cause, sponsoring a local foundation distracted driving 5K and other supportive events.
There are still some hurdles for the hands-free bill, but House and Senate supporters and committees plan to meet to work through differences in the weeks ahead, and the bill seems to have the momentum to pass in 2019. Gov. Tim Walz has said he would sign a hands-free bill if it reaches his desk for signature.
NorthstarMLS Drive Focused Pledge Site
In Hugh’s memory, we introduced our Drive Focused campaign in 2016 to raise awareness and help put an end to distracted driving. Visit DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com to watch our series of videos and take the pledge to #DriveFocused in 2019.