Hands-Free Bill Dead
Jake Judd | May 16, 2018 AT 7:01 am
(AP) - A move to require Minnesota drivers to use only hands-free cell phones looks like it's finished for the current legislative session.
Rep. Mark Uglem, the Champlin Republican sponsoring the bill in the House, says leaders told him his bill won't get a vote as the session heads toward a finish this weekend.
Uglem tells Minnesota Public Radio that he's disappointed the bill won't get a vote. He says he's concerned for people endangered by distracted driving.
The bill also stalled in the Senate.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's also disappointed the bill apparently won't advance.
The news prompted a protest from the grieving families of victims of distracted driving.
They took to the capitol steps, holding pictures of their lost loved ones on Tuesday.
Officials say about 70 people die on Minnesota roads every year from distracted driving.
One in four crashes is caused by someone on their phone while behind the wheel.