New Hands-Free Mobile Phone Law in Minnesota

New Hands-Free Mobile Phone Law in Minnesota

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, Governor Tim Walz signed a hands-free phone bill in Minnesota on April 12 that went into effect August 1, 2019. Minnesota is the next in a long line of states to ban mobile phone use while operating a motor vehicle. However, many people find themselves confused as to exactly when they are and are not allowed to use their phones while behind the wheel. To help mitigate some of that confusion, let’s break the bill down in detail.

What Types of Mobile Phone Use are Permitted?

The new hands-free law allows drivers to use their phones to make calls, texts, ask for directions and listen to music. However, you must only do so using voice or single-action commands. Any action that requires you to press more than a single button on your phone is no longer permitted.

You may also use your phone to secure emergency services, if there is an immediate threat to your life or safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle and performing official and authorized duties.

What Types of Cell Phone Use are No Longer Permitted Under the New Bill?

Drivers may not hold their phone in their hand. They must also abstain from video calling, live-streaming, Snapchat messaging, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the device, using non-navigation apps, reading texts, typing or scrolling.

What About Other Mobile Devices?

It’s the 21st century, and it’s highly likely that you have more than one mobile smart device. Here’s what the new law says about other types of mobile devices:

  • Smart Watches – Smartwatch use is permitted so long as you’re using it to check the time in a conventional fashion. Since these devices are basically cell phones that you wear on your wrist, any other type of action that requires more than one press of a button is not permitted under the new law.
  • GPS Navigation Devices – GPS navigation devices are excempt from the new hands-free law. Most of these devices lock while the vehicle is in motion anyways.
  • Amateur Radio Devices – Amateur radio devices, such as handheld storm watching radars, are exempt from the hands-free law.

Penalties for Breaking the Hands-Free Law

There are definitely penalties for breaking this new hands-free mobile device law. The first time you’re caught, you’ll be fined $50 plus court fees. Further offenses will cost you $275 plus court fees each.

How to Go Hands-Free

There are several different steps you can take to go hands-free. Some of those things include:

  • Putting your devices out of arms reach like in your purse or the trunk of your car.
  • Investing in a bluetooth hands-freee headset for your device.
  • Purchasing a replacement radio that has bluetooth and hands-free communication features.
  • Buying a mounting device for your phone and using its built-in one-touch mode or hands-free mode.

If you have any questions regarding the new hands-free law in Minnesota, then the expert bondsmen here at The Bail Bonds Doctor, Inc. are always standing by to help. Give us a call today

New Restrictions For Minnesota Bail Bonds

New Restrictions For Minnesota Bail Bonds

New RestrictionsBail companies in Minnesota have had a problem with underhanded, dishonest and amoral business practices in the last few years. These kinds of behaviors have prompted the Minnesota Commerce Department to issue new restrictions and regulations regarding the business practices of bail bonds providers in the area. Here at The Bail Bonds Doctor, we pride ourselves in living up to the standards set, and we are always standing by to provide you with the bonds assistance you deserve and desire.

A List Of The New Restrictions And Regulations

Bail bond providers in the state of Minnesota must now file rates for bonds and follow documenting procedures designed to prevent kickback schemes and other dishonest business practices. Bail companies are also required to undrego an annual audit to ensure that they are working under the letter of the law. These new regulations also include a list of prohibited actions such as:

  1. Providing commission and finder’s fees to unlicensed agents
  2. Soliciting business on court property
  3. Paying someone or providing a a person with something of value in exchange for hiring a bail company for services
  4. Paying a judge or other official to send business to the bail company in question
  5. Paying commission or providing kickbacks to inmates who send business to the bail company

Contact Us Today

Our professional bondsmen here at The Bail Bonds Doctor are always committed to fair and honest bail bonds business practices. Because of our stellar customer service, and friendly staff, we have been the go-to bail bonds company in the area for years. We come highly recommended by our clients and we guarantee that we will live up to these new standards and rules regarding fair and ethical business practices. So if you need help with bail of any kind, then please do not hesitate to give us and our bondsmen a call or to fill out the form on right side of the page.

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Bail Bonds – Not for Europe?

Bail Bonds – Not for Europe?

June 21, 2015 | Dianna O’Brien

London

Just one more reason to love the US of A — we have bail bonds!

It was a fascinating topic to the Europeans I met recently while in London. They were confused – intruiged – and amazed! It’s strange to think there’s no similar option for those caught up in a bad situation “across the pond”.

Bail Bonds Doctor Scott County Office Now Open!

Bail Bonds Doctor Scott County Office Now Open!

January 5, 2015 | Dianna O’Brien

Scott County Office

Bail Bonds Doctor is proud to present our newest office in Shakopee MN to service Scott County Jail and Carver County Jail. Mike Neill will be manning the office to help clients in need of bail bonds in the southwest metro. The address is 100 S. Fuller St., Suite 120, Shakopee MN 55379. The office is extremely convenient for clients – located on the same street as the jail and government center. Stop by and say hello!