Ask a Trooper: Hand free law with tractors, UTV’s, and lawn mowers

DULUTH, MN — With the hands-free law now in effect in Minnesota, drivers are wondering if it also applies to them when operating other vehicles, or on private land.

Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol says the hands-free law applies to all motor vehicles. A motor vehicle would include tractors and lawn mowers on a street or highway. The hands free law would not apply if someone was in a ditch or on private property. The UTV is not considered a motor vehicle, so they are not allowed on any state or federal roadway no matter how they are licensed. UTVs are allowed on certain county and township roads if licensed properly. In that case, the hands-free law would apply.

Dickenson says in 12 out of 15 states with hands-free laws, traffic fatalities have decreased by an average of 15 percent. This law will protect motorists on Minnesota roads by reducing the distractions for drivers.

The first ticket for violation of the new law is $50 plus court fees and the second and later tickets are $275 plus court fees.

For more information regarding the hands free law, click here.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws in Minnesota, please send your questions to: Sgt. Neil Dickenson – Minnesota State Patrol 1131 Mesaba Ave, Duluth, MN 55811. Or, you can send him an e-mail by clicking here.

Krystal Frasier

Krystal Frasier

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