Minnesota drivers who text could face bigger fines, license suspensions

Drivers who text behind the wheel could face steeper fines, license suspensions and — if they hit and kill someone — up to 10 years in prison.

The tough new penalties are part of a distracted-driving bill that cleared the Minnesota Senate Monday by a vote of 56-9. If the House follows suit and the increased penalties become law, Minnesota would have some of the stiffest sanctions in the nation.