Created: January 22, 2020 05:58 AM
(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says nearly 10,000 hands-free citations were given to drivers in the first five months of the law going into effect.
The hands-free law went into effect on August 1, 2019, and since then, "State Patrol troopers and law enforcement officers throughout Minnesota have seen an increasing number of drivers using hands-free options such as mounts. However, some drivers who have been stopped say they know about the new law but are having a hard time breaking the habit."
Still, 9,727 citations were distributed. According to data from the DPS, the majority of drivers cited are between the ages of 30-49. The data also shows 83 drivers were cited in Olmsted County.
Now, the DPS is encouraging drivers to "Park the Phone" to 'recommit yourself to safe driving habits.'
The DPS highlights the importance of driving distracted free:
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