NewsLocal News

Actions

Wisconsin's next for man behind Minnesota's hands-free driving law

Web-Default-Image_1280x720-WTMJ.png
Posted at 1:49 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 13:25:47-04

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

Thomas Goeltz lost his pregnant daughter to an alleged distracted driver in February 2016 near Stillwater. Goeltz 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. Goeltz wants to take Hudson's ban statewide and plans to push for a similar Wisconsin law in Madison. The Star Tribune said Goeltz is hoping that within a year Wisconsin will be the 19th state with a hands-free law.