A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers is pushing a measure to curb distracted driving. The bill would limit cell phone use behind the wheel.

Republican Representative Jim Newberger said, “We are not saying no to talking on your phone in the car. What the bill says is you can talk on the phone hands free, so if someone comes up to you and says you’re taking away my ability to talk on the phone, that’s not true. You can talk hands free.”

DFL State Representative Frank Hornstein said he realizes this a is a relatively short and busy legislative session, but says this should be a priority and, “It’s never too short a session to save lives; it’s never too short a session to do the right thing.

Recent reports show one in five traffic fatalities on Minnesota roads involve distracted driving. Distracted driving fatalities went up 18-percent in Minnesota between 2014 and 15.