Minnesota: Distracted driving legislation will increase penalties for texting while driving, raise awareness of problem

Family members of distracted driving victims joined Senator David Osmek (R-Mound) and Rep. Bob Dettmer (R- Forest Lake) today as they introduced a bill to discourage distracted driving and raise awareness of the problem that is responsible for at least one in five crashes on Minnesota roads.Under the new proposal, the penalty for injuring or killing someone using a cell phone while driving will be the same as driving under the influence of alcohol.