Hands Free Law: Spreading the Word Locally, Citations Statewide
Carol McCarthy | Aug 30, 2019 AT 7:24 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN--The State Patrol reports troopers have stopped 1,614 motorists between Aug. 1-24 for violating the new hands-free cell phone law. A majority of the tickets issued (approximately 1,200) have been to people between the ages of 20 and 49.
In the City of Detroit Lakes, Police Chief Steve Todd says Detroit Lakes Officers for the first month have been asked to treat the law as a more educational situation.
"...not issue a bunch of citations but rather try to educate the public on what the law is. So I don't believe we have any citations issued at this point."
As for young drivers a law has been around for a while regarding cellphone use.
"The younger drivers are not allowed to utilize their phones at all, and they haven't been for a while...it hasn't changed for them. They weren't allowed to use their cellphones when driving and they still aren't allowed to...,: Chief Todd said.
The DLPD urges motorists and pedestrians to stay alert and keep practicing good safety habits as we head into the next school year.