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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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The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation recently hosted its 11th annual Raksha 5K Run/Walk for Distraction-Free Driving. NorthstarMLS sponsored again in Hugh Trimble’s honor, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator.

NorthstarMLS President & CEO John Mosey addressed participants on why we support tougher distraction-free driving laws with our DriveFocused campaign. Watch what he had to say about Hugh and the importance to our real estate industry in this 2-minute video.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving.

NorthstarMLS 5K Run/Walk Team. From left: Mary Stanaitis, Howie Nelson (guest), Bill Goodman (guest), Dianne Goodman, Tom Flaherty, John Mosey, Mark Cady (Hugh’s spouse), Jackie Juracek and Ryan White.

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NorthstarMLS will be an event sponsor again for the Raksha Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving in Hugh Trimble’s honor, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator. The event is on Saturday, August 11th (Registration Info & Schedule of Events Below) and is open to the public – including ALL NorthstarMLS subscribers!

NorthstarMLS will also have an employee 5K team participating in the walk. Join us if your schedule allows! 

Proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run benefit the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving.

Where Purgatory Creek Recreation Area, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie
Cost Raksha 5K Run – $20.00 / Raksha 5K Walk – $15.00 / Raksha 5K Walk (12 & Younger) – Free
Event Schedule 
7:30am – Registration Opens
8:00am – 5K Run Begins
9:00am – Short Ceremony / Recognitions
10:00am – 5K Walk Begins

More information on the run/walk can be found here
You can Register Here.
Contact Vijay Dixit with any registration questions: vijay@shreyadixit.org

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Minnesota is closer to joining 15 other states where it is illegal for drivers to use phones without hands-free capability while driving. The House Public Safety and Security Policy Committee voted March 13 to advance the bill. It has other committees to clear at the Capitol before final votes. Gov. Mark Dayton said he would sign it.

Minnesota lawmakers (both Republican and Democrat) and supporters rallied at the State Capitol a few weeks ago in favor of the bill. Representatives from NorthstarMLS were there in honor of longtime rules and regulations administrator, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble). We believe passing this law will save lives.

There’s still time to take action! If you are in support, contact your representative today and urge them to also support this important legislation.
Visithttps://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder to easily find your representative.

If you have 5 minutes, please watch the video below that includes highlights and interviews from the Hands-Free Rally.

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