Maui drivers go handsfree on July 6th as new cell phone bill becomes law

June 30, 2010, 5:45 AM HST · Updated June 30, 5:52 AM
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Maui Drivers have one week to prepare for a new law that goes into effect on Tuesday banning the hands-on use of cell phones and mobile electronic devices while driving.  Bill 40 gained unanimous passage by the Maui County Council on June 18th and takes effect upon the Mayor’s signature on July 6, 2010.

“As our county’s population of drivers increase and technology finds its way into everyday activities, it’s become necessary to consider additional ways to help keep motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists safe,” said Mayor Tavares.

“The community we help to keep safe includes all of our families and friends so although the new law may inconvenience some drivers, it’s an important one. I encourage drivers to take steps now to prepare for this new law and learn more about it,” said Tavares.

The County Charter allows ten business days for Mayor Tavares to approve by signature, veto the Bill or allow it to become law without her signature. Bill 40 was transmitted to the Mayor on June 21 – making July 6, 2010 the 10th business day following receipt from the Council.

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Maui becomes the last county in the state to implement a law banning hands on technology while driving.  Maui’s bill differs from other counties in that it also specifically restricts drivers under the age of 18 and those with permits from using electronic devices while driving.

Bill 40: Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving

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