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Ask a Trooper "Hand Free Info"


October 26, 2019

Question: The new hands-free law, does that apply to tractors, lawn mowers and UTV’s?

Answer: 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.

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.

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You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205.  (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at,


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