Several new laws will go into effect in Minnesota on the first day of August, including the much-talked about “hands-free law.” The hands-free law means if you are driving and using your phone to make calls, text, listen to music, or get directions, it has to be by voice commands or with a single touch, without holding the phone. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 12 of the 15 states with similar laws have seen a decrease in traffic fatalities by 15 percent, a. Except for emergencies, if you are caught with your phone in your hand, it’s $50 ticket plus court fees. Then, every ticket after that is $275 plus court fees.
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