No Texting While Driving Minnesota Statute

May 6, 2010  |  John T. Buchman

Minnesota Statute 169.475 makes it illegal and subjects the violator to a fine and possible jail sentence for texting, emailing, accessing a web page, or similar actions. A driver can still make a phone call or use a hands free communication device. The statute reads in part, “no person may operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device to compose, read or send an electronic message, when the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic.” There are exceptions for emergency circumstances.