On August 1, 2019, a new hands-free state law goes into effect in Minnesota. As part of this new law, hand-held cell phone use, including making phone calls, is not allowed, even while stopped. We recommend that you closely review the law in order to understand what you can and cannot do while driving. Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety also outlines the law. Beginning August 1, 2019, violators could face citations and fines.
While using the Uber driver app, here are some tips to prioritize safety while driving:
- Use a phone mount, Bluetooth speaker, or earphones to pair with your phone
- When using your phone, only use voice commands or single-touch activation for phone calls, text messages, music, podcasts, and directions
- Incoming messaging from riders sent through the app will be read aloud when voice navigation is enabled. You can then respond with a quick single-touch tap of a “thumbs up” button
- Legally park your vehicle prior to using your phone for any use that is it not single-touch or a voice command
Please note that this summary is not comprehensive of the law. Please view the full text of the law here.
Using a phone mount can help you stay “hands-free” while behind the wheel.
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