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Road Trip? Know Before You Go or it May Cost You

Traffic regulations vary across the country and so do fines, says AAA. It's important to know the rules of the road before heading out on a multi-state drive adventure.

As an example, effective August 1, 2019, Minnesota prohibits the use of handheld wireless communication devices while driving. Currently, 19 states ban handheld cellphone use while driving.

Forty-five states adopted primary enforcement texting while driving bans for all drivers. Nebraska is one of only three states (NE, SD, OH) to adopt a secondary enforcement law.

Move Over laws have been adopted in all 50 states, and some have heavy fines ($500) for violation of the law. Laws require that when approaching a first-responder providing assistance near a multi-lane roadway, merge over one lane to give them the space they need to safely perform their duties. If space is not available, reduce your speed and approach with care.

Motorists are encouraged to learn more about these and other traffic safety laws by visiting the AAA Digest of Motor Laws website at www.drivinglaws.AAA.com Information is available on traffic laws across the U.S. and Canada.