KIMT NEWS 3 — Currently, it's illegal to text or use the internet while driving, but it's still acceptable to talk on the phone. However, a new proposed bill would change that.
If Minnesota passed a hands-free bill, all use of cellphones while driving without the use of hands-free technology would be illegal.
The bill passed in the Ways and Means House Committee in St. Paul, but is waiting to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. This is the farthest the bill has advanced in 4 years.
At the hearing, family members of people killed in distracted driving crashes pleased with legislators to pass the bill.
However, Minnesota lawmakers are running out of time. The legislative session ends May 21st.
If Minnesota passes the bill, it would become the 17th state in the country with a hands-free driving law.
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