Maui committee to consider cell phone driving ban

May 7, 2010, 8:15 AM HST · Updated May 7, 3:09 PM
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(Posted by Wendy Osher @ 9:50 a.m. 4/6/10)

Maui council members will consider a bill next week that seeks to prohibit the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

The bill was introduced by Councilmember Joseph Pontanilla and will be heard by the council’s Committee of the Whole.

“The proposed bill mirrors the law that went into effect in the City and County of Honolulu on July 1, 2009,” said Michael J. Molina, committee Chair.  Similar bills have already been passed in neighboring counties.

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Molina said he believes the changes he proposed will help to strengthen the Maui version of the bill. The proposed amendments seek to clarify that exempt drivers who use a two-way radio while in the performance and scope of their work-related duties must either be operating a fleet vehicle or possess a commercial vehicle license.  Another proposed clarification states that portable audio or navigation equipment is included within the definition of a mobile electronic device.  And a final item seeks the addition of language that would prohibit teenage drivers from using hands-free technology.

“It is important that the Council consider the passage of this bill as quickly as possible in order to ensure safety on Maui’s roadways,” said Molina.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12 at 9 a.m. in the council chambers.

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