Minnesota takes distracted driving very seriously, so should you

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Technology, Local News, Shareable on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 3:48 pm
A stock photo of a man using a phone while driving.

Is it illegal to text-and-drive in Minnesota?

In our daily lives, we use our phones for everything from actual phone calls to keeping track of daily schedules. These devices have become so ubiquitous that we don’t think twice about picking them up wherever we are. This becomes a problem when people get behind the wheel of a vehicle. So, is it illegal to text-and-drive in Minnesota? In short, yes, it is. This seems like a pretty straightforward law and one that should be easy to follow. And it is. However, when people are learning about all of the connectivity technology available in new Kia vehicles, there are still a few important questions they need to be answered. Our team of product experts thought it would be helpful to make this information as available as possible.

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According to Minnesota Statute 169.475: “It is illegal for drivers of all ages to compose, read, or send electronic messages or access the Internet on a wireless device when the vehicle is in motion or part of traffic. This includes being stopped in traffic or at a light.

The law does not apply to devices that are permanently affixed to the vehicle or global positioning or navigation systems.”

What does this mean?

Basically, this law says that texting while driving, reading a text or email while driving or looking at the internet while driving are all illegal acts when your vehicle is on the road. If something is that important, pull over or otherwise get off the road. The second paragraph in the law carves out an exception for utilizing a vehicle’s infotainment system to send and receive messages without getting into trouble or to use the GPS capability of a device. However, for the latter of the functions, we suggest getting a dashboard mount to hold the phone.

If you get stopped for distracted driving, police can fine you in upwards of $250.

You should also know

Minnesota is one of several states that has a graduated driver licensing system. This means that newly minted drivers can’t use their phone in any manner while they’re behind the wheel. This includes hands-free Bluetooth headsets as well. The only exception is for calling 911 in case of an emergency.

If you would like to take a look at the various systems available in most new Kia vehicles to help you stay in contact and out of trouble, make an appointment with a Kia of Mankato product expert today.

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