The new hands-free cell phone law goes into effect in Minnesota on August 1. The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. You may not hold your phone in your hand. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone. Penalties include a first-time offense fine of $50 plus court costs; $275 plus court costs for a second offense. A reminder that teens under age 18 on a provisional license cannot use a cell phone while driving, except for GPS maps, music and to call 9-1-1. More information and tips on going hands-free are available online at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/ hands-free.