August marks one year since Minnesota’s hands-free law went into effect.
State Trooper Troy Christianson says it is still something he sees drivers violate.
“We’re seeing people go back to their old habits and holding their phones while driving and talking.”
He says when it comes to seat belts, some people go to many lengths to avoid it.
“It’s amazing how many people will sit on the seat belt while it is buckled just to avoid the dinging noise. Some people just don’t believe in the law.”
He says he is also seeing an uptick in drivers watching videos while driving.
“Something that could cost you your life or someone else’s life on the roadway.”
Christianson says he’s also expecting an increase in travel in July as more things open up.
“People are ready to travel and do activities outside so that’s why we’re having that extra enforcement in July, focused on speed.”