State cracking down on texting while driving

State officials are stepping up enforcement this week of the ban on texting while driving. It’s illegal even while stopped in traffic.

E-mailing or accessing the Web on a wireless device while driving is also illegal.

More than 100 law enforcement departments around the state were increasing patrols today to look for violators.

The state Department of Public Safety says the law specifically states that no person may operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device to compose, read or send an electronic message, when the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic.

The law does not apply to devices that are permanently affixed to the vehicle or global positioning systems or navigation systems.

All cell phone use for teen drivers with a provisional license has been prohibited by a law in effect since 2006.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the ban took effect this week; it dates to 2005.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Brent Koivisto on 08/05/2010 - 02:05 pm.

    Hasn’t this been the law since 2008?

  2. Submitted by Ginger Kay on 08/05/2010 - 02:19 pm.

    Hasn’t texting while driving been illegal in MN since August 1st of 2008?

    Meanwhile, Gov. Pawlenty has deemed today (08/05/10) “Distraction Free Driving Day” and patrols have been increased as a result.


  3. Submitted by Joe Kimball on 08/05/2010 - 03:51 pm.

    Yes, you are right.
    Item has been corrected. Added enforcement kicking in, but law in place since ’08.

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