During the first week of the new hands-free behind the wheel smartphone law, officers, deputies and troopers statewide cited 678 drivers for violating the law. State Patrol Lieutenant Gordon Shank is urging drivers to make smart choices and avoid

“First time you’re stopped and cited for hands-free, it’s a $50 fine not including court costs and surcharges. Second and subsequent, if you’re cited for hands, it’s $275 not including surcharges and court costs.”

Hennepin County had the most citations at 286. Ramsey County was next with 79 offenders. The hands-free law went into effect on August 1st.