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Distracted Drivers are a major cause of personal injury and wrongful death on Minnesota highways.

Minnesota has the following laws against distracted driving.

Texting and Web Access:

Pursuant to Minnesota Traffic Laws, Minnesota Statute 169.475. it is illegal for drivers of all ages to compose, read, or send electronic messages or access the Internet on a wireless device when the vehicle use in motion or part of traffic. This includes being stopped in traffic or at a traffic signal light. This law does not apply to devices that are permanently affixed to the vehicle or global positioning our navigational systems.

Cell Phone Use and Texting:

Pursuant to Minnesota Traffic Laws, Minnesota Statute 171.05, it is illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to use a cell phone, whether handheld or hands-free, except to call 911 in an emergency.

School Bus Drivers:

Pursuant to Minnesota Traffic Laws, Minnesota Statute 169.443, subdivision 9(B), cell phone usage is completely prohibited for school bus drivers.

Reckless of Careless Driving:

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 169.13, distracted drivers can be ticketed for reckless or careless driving when their actions demonstrated disregard for the safety or rights of others. The statute can be used to charge distracted drivers.

The Car Accident Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team know the dangers of distracted driving, whether “drunk driving”, “drugged driving”, “cell phone driving”, or “drowsy driving”.