Ask a trooper: Talking on cell phone while driving not yet illegal in MinnesotaTexting while driving is illegal for all drivers in Minnesota, but what about talking on the phone while behind the wheel?
By: Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, For the News Tribune
Q: I enjoy your column that you write every Sunday about the laws of driving. I believe there are laws regarding cell phone uses and texting while driving. For example: When at a stoplight, there were two police cars in traffic with me and another car coming into town. That driver was talking on a cell phone and was still on it at the stoplight. When the light changed, traffic started moving but that driver was still on the cell phone! We know law enforcement cannot catch everyone, but we believe there is a law against use of cell phones and texting while driving, right? Thank you guys for trying to keep our roads safe.
A: The current cell phone law does include everyone as far as texting goes, but for general phone use, the only drivers that are prohibited are those who don’t yet have their full unrestricted license. Commercial vehicle operators can only use hands-free. Everyone else can still use their phone legally while driving. It is not recommended, but it is legal. Thanks for asking.
Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.