MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police across Minnesota are stepping up enforcement this week against distracted drivers.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said most accidents are caused by drivers using cellphones, GPS navigation, music controls or eating and drinking.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Faces Separate Federal Indictment Accusing Him Of Holding Teen Down By The Throat In 2017
While it’s legal for most drivers to talk on the phone while driving, it’s against the law to use the Internet or send texts or tweets, even if stopped at a light or stop sign.READ MORE: Man Dies Following Thursday Night Shooting In North Minneapolis
The state estimates there were 3,200 texting-while-driving citations issued last year.MORE NEWS: 4 Former Minneapolis Officers Indicted On US Civil Rights Charges In George Floyd's Death
Fines can range from $125 to $145 depending on the county.