Cell phone use. Drivers under the age of 18, persons holding a learner's permit or intermediate drivers' license, and school bus drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving (MN Stat. Sec. 169.475).
Texting. Under this law, composing, sending, or reading an electronic messages (texting, instant messaging, e-mailing, etc.) while driving or part of traffic is prohibited. The use of the Internet while driving or part of traffic is also prohibited.
Exceptions. The regulation does not apply if the purpose of a message or call is to report or prevent an emergency, crime, or traffic accident or if there is a direct threat to the life or safety of the driver. Authorized emergency personnel on duty are exempt from the prohibitions.
The Minnesota Network of Employers for Traffic Safety offers information and resources about distracted driving on its website at http://www.minnesotasafetycouncil.org