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Hawaii mayor gets ticketed for using cellphone

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:19 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2012

HILO » It appears that even for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi old habits die hard.

The mayor signed a bill into law in 2009 banning handheld cellphones while driving. At the time, he acknowledged that people will have to learn to change their behavior, including himself.

West Hawaii Today said Honolulu police cited Kenoi on Sept. 20 for operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile device. Court records show that he was fined $269 for that charge and failing to produce his driver’s license or insurance card.

Kenoi says he usually uses a hands-free device in his own car but was driving a rental. He says his driver’s license was in his bag and could not be produced right away.

Kenoi says his fine is paid, lesson learned.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
He says his driver’s license was in his bag and could not be produced right away.

This makes no sense at all unless his bag was back in the hotel room or something in which case "driving without a license" would apply.

Good example why Harry is the better choice over there - no excuses, no thinking laws are just for the other guy.

on October 26,2012 | 12:37PM
aomohoa wrote:
Really bad timing:)
on October 26,2012 | 12:55PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I thought this law was one of those feel good laws but with no teeth. I see 47% of drivers breaking this law flagrantly and sometimes unflagrantly and only 1% of the scofflaws ever get ticketed and 99% never even get a second look from cops. Let's see did I cover all the percenters?
on October 26,2012 | 12:58PM
808comp wrote:
These politicians have no shame. They make the laws,and they broke the laws. To top it off he is running for re-election,and i bet he will get in.
on October 26,2012 | 03:08PM
Who_Said wrote:
on October 26,2012 | 04:13PM
gunfunit wrote:
good going billy! way to lead by example!
on October 26,2012 | 04:21PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Another lie by a politician. His license was in his bag...well...why didn't he produce it like he should....he was driving without a license and this from the Mayor of Hawaii County. Not a good example for students and the general population. Not a person of character you would want as Mayor. Please...please don't tell me it was a simple mistake.
on October 26,2012 | 05:17PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Not a good role model! Hiope he is gone after the election.
on October 26,2012 | 06:04PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

ALWAYS be humble or else God and/or your kūpuna going humble you! Case in point.

Kenoi pushes and advocates using taxpayer money to subsidize the phony "green projects" like geothermal. The only TRUE Green Energy comes from indigenous people and it's FREE.

on October 26,2012 | 06:57PM
soundofreason wrote:
Did you see one of the headlines underneath the story? "Hannemann and Kenoi get support of HGEA"

Nuff said.

on October 26,2012 | 07:03PM
Kaluu wrote:
Strange story! Oh, now I re-read it was Honolulu police. It would be very strange for a Hilo cop to do something like that.
on October 27,2012 | 09:29AM
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