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.
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.
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!
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. Visit: https://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.