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S.F. No. 837 - Prohibiting Cell Phone Use While Driving (First Engrossment)
 
Author: Senator Jim Carlson
 
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
 
Date: April 11, 2017



 

Section 1. Wireless communications device.  Defines "wireless communications device."  A GPS or navigation system that is permanently or physically integrated into the vehicle is not considered a wireless communications device.

Sec. 2. Use of Wireless Communications Device.

Subdivision 1. Definition.  Defines "electronic message," "voice-activated or hands-free mode," and when a vehicle is not considered to be in motion or a part of traffic.

Subd. 2. Prohibition on use; penalty. Prohibits a person driving a vehicle from using: 1) a wireless communications device to initiate, compose, read, or send an electronic message; or 2) a cell phone to make or participate in a phone call. A person driving a vehicle is prohibted from watching video on a wireless device, except a person may view a GPS or navigation system.

Subd. 3. Exceptions. The prohibitions in subdivision 2 don’t apply if the wireless communications device is used in a voice-activated or hands-free mode or for emergencies. This section does not apply to devices that function solely as a GPS or navigation system, or to use of a cell phone that is temporarily affixed to the vehicle to listen to audio-based content.

 

 
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