ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill that will require motorists to use hands-free devices to talk on the phone while driving on Minnesota roads starting Aug. 1.
At a signing ceremony Friday, Walz paid tribute to dozens of people surrounding him who lost loved ones in crashes caused by distracted drivers, saying lives will be saved because of their years of campaigning for the law.
The law bars motorists from holding and using cellphones or other wireless devices while driving. Built-in systems meet the requirements that systems be voice-activated. So do hands-free mounts sold by many retailers.
The new law marks an important bipartisan success for the Democratic governor and a Legislature divided between a Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate, where difficult fights are looming over taxes and spending.