Talking on the phone while driving could be banned in Minnesota; bill HF 50 was voted out of committee this week

Minnesota could be heading towards a blanket ban on the use of cellphone devices while driving, with the exception of using them in “hands-free” mode.

A bill, HF50, sponsored by Rep. Frank Hornstein (D-Minneapolis), overcame its first obstacle when it was given the green light from a Minnesota House Transportation Panel on Tuesday.

If enacted, it would ban drivers from using cellphones to make a call while behind the wheel, to go along existing rules prohibiting texting, using apps and playing videos from your phone while driving.