Minnesota Drivers Consistently Break These Laws
With the school year and high school sports season approaching, I find myself on the roads a lot more traveling to see games in southern Minnesota. And, wow, everyone is driving fast, all talking on the phone and hugging the car in front of them. I believe some of these things are illegal in Minnesota. (NOTE: The car pictured here was not breaking any laws. It just caught my eye.)
STILL A HANDS-FREE CONDITION
Do you see more and more people on their phones while driving? The hands-free law came into force on August 1, 2019.
The indications of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website say that you can only use your phone “by voice commands or one-touch activation without holding the phone”. They go so far as to suggest “turn off your phone and place it in your purse / bag, truck, center console or glove box. That way it’s out of sight, out of mind.”
SPEED IS DEFINITELY AGAINST THE LAW
The wave of drivers exceeding 100 miles per hour continues …
The number of vehicles that I see accelerating and trailing down the freeway, and squeezing in and out of traffic, is staggering. It leaves me cringe quite often. The department’s home page has a running total of the number of Minnesotans killed on the roads this year. The total was 354 as of September 27. These are not all speed tragedies.
MEET THE PEDESTRIAN IN A CROSSROAD
I will say that most drivers obey this law. I run a bit and find that most of the drivers give way at crosswalks. The Ministry of Public Security says, “Drivers must stop to cross pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.” Likewise, “pedestrians must obey road signs and signals at all intersections that have them. “
The subject of the next week … how to navigate correctly in a roundabout!
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