Despite the state’s recently-enacted hands-free law, there was an uptick in distracted driving citations issued last month. Mike Hanson with the Department of Public Safety says that’s not necessarily unexpected, but it is concerning. He says there was a big push to educate people when the law when into effect on August 1st and…

“People maybe not thinking of that messaging that we had out there, and this habit is a really hard one to break and people really have to make a strong effort to put that distraction away and remember that hands-free means hands-free, you cannot have that phone in your hand at all”

In the first month of hands-free law enforcement, there were 2,317 tickets issued statewide by law enforcement. That number went up by nearly 18-percent (2,729) in September. The hands-free law went into effect on August 1st.