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Our View: Eyes on the road,hands on the wheel


August 2, 2019

8 and 4 o’clock.

That’s where they teach young drivers to place their hands on the steering wheel nowadays.

Not on the radio knob, not on the armrest, not holding a taco.

And especially not on your cellphone.

As of yesterday, holding your cellphone in Minnesota while driving is a crime. Sure, it’s a small crime, punishable by a $50 fine (but beware of court surcharges, which can exceed the base fine!). But it’s against the law, and we are grateful.

The new law is a no-brainer, of course. Distracted driving is now a leading cause of car accidents. We’ve dedicated substantial effort...

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