The aim of the new legislation is to make drivers to focus on the road, and not their cell. According to the Department of Public Safety, distracted drivers, including those making phone calls or texting, were involved in at least 15 percent of all fatal crashes from 2005 to 2007.
Here's a driver that almost became one of those statistics: in Cass County, 25-year-old driver was arrested on Sunday after driving at 80 mph in the wrong lane. He was arrested under suspicion of drinking and driving, but his excuse for driving in the wrong lane was that he was texting.
Elsewhere in the Midwest, Illinois lawmakers are attempting to bring in a $25 fine for texting while crossing the street, presumably to save people from being hit by cars while saying
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The ban on texting while driving is the first cellphone/driving legislation to affect most Minnesotan drivers. Currently, talking on a cellphone while driving, while considered unsafe, isn't illegal in Minnesota, except for drivers under 18 who have a learner or provisional license.
Do you think that Minnesota should ban all cell phone use while driving? What about legislating texting while walking, or is that going too far?