Minnesota Rating: Caution

Minnesota needs improvement because of gaps in Advocates’ recommended optimal laws, as reported in the 2019 Roadmap Report.

Highway Safety Laws Needed

  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Rear Facing Through Age 2 Law
GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL- Stronger Supervised Driving Requirement
  • GDL – Stronger Nighttime Restriction Provision
  • GDL- Stronger Passenger Restriction
  • GDL – Age 18 for Unrestricted License
  • Ignition Interlocks for All Offenders

Current Optimal Highway Safety Laws

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front & Rear)
  • Booster Seat Law
  • GDL – 6-Month Holding Period Provision
  • GDL – Cell Phone Restriction
  • Child Endangerment Law
  • Open Container Law
  • All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction

*States are credited with having laws only if their laws meet Advocates’ optimal criteria

Hot Now: Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

In 2017, 41 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers in Minnesota.

The current GDL law in Minnesota includes the following components:

  • A three-stage licensing system beginning at age 15 for learner’s permit, age 16, and age 17 for full licensure
  • A mandatory 6 month holding period for the learner’s permit stage
  • A minimum of 40 hours of supervised practice driving during the learner’s permit stage, at least 15 of which must be at night
  • A prohibition on unsupervised nighttime driving between midnight and 5 a.m. for the first 6 months after licensure
  • A passenger restriction prohibiting more than one passenger younger than age 20 for the first 6 months after licensure and prohibiting more than 3 passengers younger than age 20 for the next 6 months after licensure
  • A prohibition on non-emergency use of hand-held and hands-free cell phones during the learner’s permit stage and provisional license stage
  • A prohibition on texting while driving for all drivers

These changes are needed to improve Minnesota’s GDL law and meet optimal GDL provisions

  • Require age 16 for entry into the learner’s permit stage
  • Extend all restrictions on teen drivers through age 17
  • Strengthen the passenger restriction to prohibit more than one non-familial passenger under the age of 21 unless a licensed driver over age 21 is in the vehicle, for the entire intermediate stage through age 17
  • Strengthen the supervised driving requirement

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