First of all, is texting while driving illegal? Yes. According to Minnesota Statute §169.475 Subd. 2 when a vehicle is in motion or part of traffic, the person operating the vehicle upon a street or highway is prohibited from using a wireless communications device to compose, send, or read an electronic message. In addition to texting, drivers are prohibited from...
Minnesota Second Chance Coalition’s Annual Rally – Proposals for Change in Minnesota’s Criminal Justice System
The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition held its annual rally at the state capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 19, 2020. The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition is calling for changes in Minnesota’s criminal justice system and is optimistic that some of the proposals they are promoting will become laws this year. One of those proposals is to stop suspending drivers’...
On August 1, 2019, a new hands-free driving law went into effect in Minnesota. In general, this law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Minnesota has joined 16 other states and Washington D.C. in banning handhold cellphone use while driving. What Can I Do Under the New Law? The new law allows a driver to use their...
As of August 1, 2019, a handful of new criminal laws went into effect in Minnesota. Below is a shortlist to keep you in the loop: Hands Free: Holding your phone while driving is a crime, unless required for obtaining emergency assistance, if there is a threat to life and safety, or in an authorized emergency vehicle performing official duties....
There are real world implications for those holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) who receive traffic tickets. For CDL holders, receiving two or more “serious traffic” violations in a three year period while operating their commercial motor vehicle could entail disqualification from operating their commercial motor vehicle. These “serious traffic violations” can include excessive speed, reckless driving, erratic lane changes,...
The short answer is it depends. If one of the following circumstances are present, your driver’s license could be revoked, suspended, or cancelled. A conviction involving an offense with any of the following circumstances will result in a revocation of your driver’s license. The revocation period will vary depending on the offense and can be found in the links provided....
A person who is allowed to drive in Minnesota (as a licensed driver from Minnesota or as a driver licensed from another state) can lose their privilege to drive in the state of Minnesota in various ways for committing various offenses. Minnesota can take three actions on a driver’s privilege to drive—suspension, revocation, or cancellation. A suspension is the least...
Yes, any obstruction in your windshield area or rear-view mirror area is a violation of Minnesota Statute § 169.71.1(a)(2). The exact language says, “a person shall not drive or operate any motor vehicle with any objects suspended between the driver and windshield.” The statute also prohibits cracks in a windshield which limit or obstruct proper vision, and any signs or...
Under Minnesota law, it is a crime to drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle if your body contains any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance other than marijuana or its derivatives. Schedule I or II substances not only include illicit substances such as heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy, but also common prescription medications...
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that DFE is not a hazardous substance for DWIs. State v. Carson, A15-1678 (Minn. Oct. 11, 2017) (read the case here). In Minnesota, one can get a DWI without consuming alcohol, but can if under the influence of a controlled substance, with any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance (except marijuana), or...
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