April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
In 2020, distracted driving contributed to 2,612 injuries and 29 deaths on Minnesota roadways. Last year in Eden Prairie officers issued 240 citations for distracted driving.
During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the EPPD would like to remind motorists that it is illegal to have your phone in your hand while you’re driving. This includes when you are sitting at a stoplight, stop sign or in traffic.
The first ticket for distracted driving is more than $120, which includes the fine plus court fees. The second and later tickets are more than $300, which includes the fine plus court fees. If you injure or kill someone because of texting and driving, you can face a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation or homicide.