Hands-Free Driving Phone Pairing

Hands-Free Driving Law Still in Effect

Brooklyn Park drivers are well aware of the hands-free law and how it affects phone usage and navigation on the roads. However, recent newcomers to Minnesota and novice newer drivers may be unaware of the finer details and dangers of distracted driving.

The hands-free bill, signed by Gov. Tim Walz on April 12th, 2019, passed through legislation and legalized August 1st, 2019, and still in effect today, drastically limits usage of cell phones to increase traffic safety. The law allows drivers to use their cell phones to listen to music or podcast, receive directions, text, or make calls, but only by single-touch activation or voice commands that don’t require touching the phone.

Limited Cell Phone Use While Driving

Under Walz’s bill, Forest Lake drivers are prohibited from holding a phone in their hand while driving. Drivers are also prohibited from using their phone at any time while traveling to scroll, type, read texts, browse videos or photos, use non-navigation applications, video games, Snapchat, video live-streams, or video calls.

When hand-held phone usage is allowed, the only circumstances are to obtain emergency assistance if there’s an immediate threat to life and safety. Authorized workers operating emergency vehicles or performing official duties are also granted hand-held phone usages during extenuating circumstances.

GPS, in-car screens, and other touchless systems that can only be operated for navigation are exempt from the Hands-Free law. Nonetheless, most of these systems lock when the vehicle is moving, a feature you’ll find in most of our Coon Rapids Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM new vehicle inventory.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

According to the CDC, “Every day about 8 people in the United States are killed in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.” The Hands-Free law can seem overbearing to newer drivers, however the law is not only to limit cell phone use while driving but to reduce incidents of distracted driving.

Distracted driving is any action that takes your attention away from operating a motor vehicle. Talking on a cell phone, sending out text messages, or operating your navigation system are all acts of distracted driving, but even eating or drinking while driving can put you, your passengers, and your fellow drivers in danger. Some of the unfortunate consequences of driving distracted are:

  • Cosmetic damage to your or another Roseville-area driver’s vehicle
  • Totaling yours or another driver’s vehicle
  • Traffic injuries ranging from minor to fatal
  • Negative impact on your insurance premium
  • Fines
  • Prison time, depending on the severity
  • An increase in young adult and teen death (most traffic incidents involving cell phone use while driving involve younger people)

Why take so many unnecessary risks when the dedicated Service Department here at Coon Rapids Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM is thrilled to have you come to visit us in Minneapolis and have your phone paired to your car. With so many service coupons to take advantage of, preparing you and your vehicle for a fun, safe summer has never been easier and more affordable!

Help Protect Minneapolis From Distracted Driving Today!

It’s important to stay up to date on not just the Hands-Free law, but all types of traffic legislation, which is why we suggest learning more from the Office of Traffic Safety today. If you’re ready to swing by Coon Rapids Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM to upgrade your vehicle’s phone pairing capabilities, we suggest checking out our Parts Department to figure out the necessary components you need today. Any questions on phone pairing, financing this upgrade, or visiting our dealership? Contact us now!