Facetiming. Posting on Instagram. Texting. Playing chess. Watching Law and Order and Parks and Rec. These are all fine things to do unless you’re driving like the people cited for these activities under Minnesota’s texting and wireless communications law.

As law enforcement agencies discovered during the extra distracted driving enforcement campaign, too many Minnesotans are treating drive time as downtime instead of focusing on the number one task in their vehicle — driving.

As Minnesotans prepare for the new hands-free cell phone law taking effect Aug. 1, changing dangerous driving behaviors now should become a top priority.

 Distracted Driving Campaign Results

  • Officers, deputies and troopers cited 1,927motorists for texting and driving during the three-week extra enforcement campaign (April 8-30), compared with 1,576 cited during last year’s two-week campaign.
  • There were 2,302 seat belt citations during the three-week campaign, compared with 1,883 in 2018 (two-week campaign).