Traffic violation tickets are on the rise in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol are trying to get the numbers to decrease. There have been a large amount of distracted drivers in Minnesota. According to WCCO, more than 300 law enforcement agencies are looking for drivers who are texting and driving. Typically, one in four crashes are related to distracted drivers. Police will be looking at driving behavior and driving conduct. The police will be looking for the impact of the distraction on peoples driving conduct. The enhanced traffic violation citations will be continued throughout the summer. According to the department of public safety, distracted or inattentive driving is when a “driver engages in any activity that might distract them from the primary task of driving.”
Pursuant to Minn. Stat 169.475 states that “electronic message” means a self-contained piece of digital communication that is designed or intended to be transmitted between physical devices. An electronic message includes, but is not limited to, e-mail, a text message, an instant message, a command or request to access a World Wide Web page, or other data that uses a commonly recognized electronic communications protocol. An electronic message does not include voice or other data transmitted as a result of making a phone call, or data transmitted automatically by a wireless communications device without direct initiation by a person.” Subd. 2.Prohibition on use. No person may operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device to compose, read, or send an electronic message, when the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic.
Defense and exceptions
There are defenses to traffic violations when dealing with the use of wireless communication devices under the statute.
(1) solely in a voice-activated or other hands-free mode;
(2) for making a cellular phone call;
(3) for obtaining emergency assistance to (i) report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious traffic hazard, or (ii) prevent a crime about to be committed;
(4) in the reasonable belief that a person’s life or safety is in immediate danger; or
(5) in an authorized emergency vehicle while in the performance of official duties.
If you have been charged with a traffic offense, contact Keller Law Offices. A Minneapolis Defense attorney be able to view to evidence and see if any defenses apply in your case. A Minneapolis Defense Attorney may be able to challenge the evidence in your case. A Minneapolis defense attorney may also challenge the constitutionally of the statute and the laws in the state. Max Keller is a criminal attorney in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Keller Law Offices offers free consultations. Call 952-913-1421 to talk with a criminal attorney licensed in Minnesota. Max Keller has handled many traffic violation cases. The attorneys at Keller Law Offices have also won bench trials and have got traffic violation tickets dismissed. There are also many ways to keep this from going on your record. Max Keller will fight for you and will meet with you for free. Please visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com.