Are you Ready to Be Hands-Free?

Hopefully by now you’ve heard that it will be illegal to hold your cell phone in your hand while you’re driving in Minnesota starting Aug. 1, 2019. The hands-free bill was signed by Gov. Tim Walz on April 12, 2019.

The new law expands current law that prohibits drivers from texting, using email and browsing on their phones by banning a driver from using their phone unless it is in voice-activated or hands-free mode. The first ticket is $50 plus court fees and the second and later tickets are $275 plus court fees.

This 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, creating our own Drive Focused campaign, video series and website, as well as other supportive events.

Take a look at the infographic below to see seven quick ways you can convert to hands-free today!

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