Nov 14, 2013 at 9:13 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Governor Mark Dayton delivered the opening remarks Thursday morning at a statewide traffic safety conference being held at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.
The 2013 Toward Zero Deaths Conference is the 10th annual statewide conference for traffic safety stakeholders, and is hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.
The governor noted during his remarks that there are currently a dozen states that have laws on the books regulating the use of a cell phone while driving. While he says he's notg suporrtive of an all-out ban in Minnesota, he says he does think a law requiring hands-free use of a cell phone is doable. He notes that California is one such state with that type of law on the books, and he says, "they have more cars and greater attachment to their cars than anybody on this planet."
Governor Dayton leaves much of the driving these days to his security detail--in the form of a state trooper. As a passenger, that gives him plenty of time to make observations of inattentive drivers. He says, "90 percent of the time that have cell phone glued to their ear, and they are clearly more attentive to their cell phone than they are to the road and it shows, and that puts other people's lives at risk."
He says any debate on cell phone restrictions, "would require legislative hearings, a lot of public input and input from various experts. But my goal would be to do whatever we reasonably can,efectively can, to apprach the goal of zero deaths."
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