Hands-Free Law Looking to Expand to Wisconsin

Man who lobbied for hands-free law in Minnesota looking to expand it to Wisconsin. Man who lobbied for hands-free law in Minnesota looking to expand it to Wisconsin. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: August 26, 2019 06:18 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A man who pushed for Minnesota's hands-free driving law says he wants to take his fight to Wisconsin.

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Thomas Goetz lost his pregnant daughter to an alleged distracted driver in February 2016 near Stillwater. Goetz spent the next three years lobbying Minnesota lawmakers to make it illegal for drivers to use a cellphone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. The new law took effect Aug. 1.

The move prompted city leaders across the border in Hudson, Wisconsin to enact their own hands-free ordinance. Goetz wants to take Hudson's ban statewide and plans to push for a similar Wisconsin law in Madison. The Star Tribune says Goetz is hoping that within a year Wisconsin will be the 19th state with a hands-free law.

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