Minneapolis committee approves cell phone ban for taxi drivers

However, the Star Tribune reports it remains unclear whether the bill bans cell phone use only when passengers are in the cab, or at all times. Taxi companies say if it's at all times, they strongly oppose the rule.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

However, the Star Tribune reports it remains unclear whether the bill bans cell phone use only when passengers are in the cab, or at all times. Taxi companies say if it's at all times, they strongly oppose the rule.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 8.27.03 AM

Calls for quick release of bodycam footage in police killing of Daunte Wright

The ACLU-MN is among the groups calling for full transparency.

Sean Sutherlin

Gophers land New Hampshire transfer guard Sean Sutherlin

The former Irondale standout is a gifted rebounding guard.

street racing lowry hill tunnel

Street racers shut down Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis on Sunday

The incident was reported early Sunday morning; no arrests have been made.

Image from iOS (1)

Fatal police shooting sparks civil unrest in Brooklyn Center

A robust presence of police and National Guard will be seen Monday.

police tape, crime scene

Two men die after being found shot in south Minneapolis

It followed a crash in the Phillips neighborhood.

Screen Shot 2021-04-11 at 10.57.19 PM

Flash bangs, tear gas used amid chaotic scenes following fatal police shooting

A crowd had gathered outside Brooklyn Center Police Department following the death of Daunte Wright.

Babatunde Aiyegbusi / Apollo Crews

Former Viking Babatunde Aiyegbusi makes a splash at WrestleMania

The former lineman was part of a big Minnesota presence at WrestleMania weekend.

Image from iOS (3)

Man shot dead by police during incident in Brooklyn Center

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

Bonfire

Three men airlifted to a hospital after bonfire mishap

Two others were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

Rocco Baldelli

Twins allow 8 unanswered runs to drop series to Mariners

Seattle scored eight unanswered runs to defeat the Twins 8-6.

carbon monoxide

Six hospitalized with CO poisoning in St. Paul

Children were among those requiring treatment.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, April 11

The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Related

New Wisconsin law to ban young drivers from using cell phones

Starting Thursday, drivers with an instruction permit, probationary license or fewer than three years of driving experience will no longer be allowed to use a cell phone while behind the wheel, according to the Fond du Lac Reporter. Violations will cost drivers up to $40 dollars for the first offense and up to $100 for a subsequent offense. Minnesota also bans novice drivers from all cell phone usage while driving in the state.

NTSB urges all states to ban use of cell phones while driving

National transportation safety officials would like to see all state governments ban the use of cell phones in the driver's seat. One official called it "the new DUI." The recommendation comes after a deadly four-vehicle crash that investigators attribute to a driver who had sent 11 text messages in as many minutes just before the collision.

Wisconsin law bars new drivers from using cell phones

A new law takes effect in Wisconsin on Thursday that bans drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license from “using a cellular or other wireless telephone except to report an emergency.” The law is primarily aimed at teens, whose leading cause of death nationwide is traffic crashes, and distracted driving leads to many of those crashes, public safety officials say.

Franken bill would let users sue cell phone carriers

Current cell phone contracts often prohibit users from filing lawsuits. That means anyone with a complaint can only settle it through arbitration. Democratic Sens. Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal say that doesn't always give cell phone users enough protection.

Police look for suspect in taxi cab robbery spree

Police are looking for the public's help to identify a suspect involved in several robberies involving Minneapolis taxi cabs. Five robberies occurred at night or during the early morning hours between Oct. 6 and Oct. 14.

U of M computer scientists find cell phone hackers can track your location

Your cellular network sends messages from their towers to your phone. Hackers - or law enforcement - can use those messages to keep track of where you are. The U of M researchers say they've let cell companies know and have suggested changes.