State officials continue their public education blitz as Thursday’s start approaches for Minnesota’s new hands-free cell phone law for drivers. Minnesota State Patrol Chief, Colonel Matt Langer says the only thing drivers will be allowed to do is get their phone into hands-free mode with single-touch activation:

“If you’re driving down the road and your phone rings and you’re not holding it, you can touch the phone to answer that call — provided you’re talking on the phone in hands-free mode.”

Starting Thursday, it’s illegal for a driver to hold a phone at a red light. And even in hands-free mode, it’s illegal to do any gaming, video streaming, facetiming, scrolling on the Internet or using social media apps. For answers to frequently-asked-questions about the new law, visit