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Abercrombie set to sign 2 traffic safety bills

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:00 a.m. HST, May 20, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will sign two significant traffic safety bills into law today, one requiring all front- and back-seat occupants of a vehicle to buckle up, his office announced.

The other will establishes consistent statewide requirements for the use of mobile electronic devices while driving. 

The signing ceremony for Senate Bill 4 and House Bill 980 will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Executive Office. 

State Health Director Loretta Fuddy, Transportation Deputy Director Jadine Urasaki, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region 9 Administrator David Manning, Honolulu police Capt. Darren Izumo, representatives of the other county police departments and traffic safety advocates will attend.

Until the signing, back-seat passengers were not required to use seat belts.

House Bill 980 prohibits the use of cellphones and other mobile electronic devices while operating a vehicle statewide, with certain exceptions, and specifically prohibits activities such as texting, instant-messaging, gaming and emailing, which take a driver’s eyes and mind off the road and hands off the wheel.

Mobile electronic devices do not include audio or navigational equipment, emergency assistance systems or video entertainment for the rear-seat passengers.

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Hawaiianhaole wrote:
But it is still okay to ride in the bed of a pick-up truck unprotected.
on May 19,2013 | 11:47PM
busterb wrote:
on May 20,2013 | 07:26AM
XML808 wrote:
A ride motorcycles without helmets.
on May 20,2013 | 07:53AM
screaming_banshee wrote:
Too much protest from the motorcycle groups. They use bullying tactics to shout down pro helmet people and ride around the capitol revving their engines so no one can hear what is going on. I've seen them threaten this poor mom whose kid was killed on a moped but would have survived if he had a helmet. She was there in support of helmets. Everyone lets them get away with it because they are either scared of them or their lawyers.
on May 20,2013 | 08:08AM
screaming_banshee wrote:
Too much protest from truck companies and farmers. They say that it would have a negative impact their business. :p I guess having a dead employee doesn't effect their business. :p
on May 20,2013 | 08:05AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
He just mad he can't see over the steering wheel.
on May 20,2013 | 01:19AM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Buy him 5 large pillows.
on May 20,2013 | 03:08AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
then his feet won't able to reach the gas and brake pedals.
on May 20,2013 | 05:07AM
loquaciousone wrote:
You guys are mean. It's not his fault that he was shortchanged......oh sorry.
on May 20,2013 | 11:28AM
tiki886 wrote:
What about speaker phone through the car's stereo system or blue tooth?
on May 20,2013 | 04:13AM
harley1 wrote:
these sly bugga's sure know how to sneak bad laws through with nary a peep. But try to get good law thru the LEG, good luck with that!
on May 20,2013 | 05:18AM
noheawilli wrote:
Ok I'm done carpooling. See you on the road.
on May 20,2013 | 05:54AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
We're constantly making dumb rules because we have so many dumb people.
on May 20,2013 | 06:16AM
geo333 wrote:
Do some real good . . . Do like they do in some states and make it mandatory for slow drivers to stay in the far right-hand lane for the usual minimum speed of 45 mph. How many times do you notice drivers intentionally driving slow side by side so as to prevent anyone passing them. Jerks come in all ages and sexual orientation. If you want to drive slowly then please get over in the far right hand lane when it is practical and this goes for all those 18-wheeler trucks also.
on May 20,2013 | 06:58AM
Maili2 wrote:
I was hit very badly in an accident and suffered a concussion that still plagues me 6 years later. When i see motorcyclists with no helmet I can't fathom it. Its a death wish. Protect yourself wear a helmet, don't sit in the back of the pick up, watch what others are doing on the road, they don't follow the rules, be careful - protect yourself and others.
on May 20,2013 | 08:01AM
Siege wrote:
I think the seatbelt updated law is good...now what about the people riding in the back of pick up trucks? Will that be banned? That is sooooo unsafe!!!!
on May 20,2013 | 08:42AM
olos73 wrote:
Does this apply only to privately owned vehicles (POV) or commercial also, such as taxi cabs, tour vans, tour buses, etc.? ALL these vehicles can be involved in accidents, and ALL these passengers can get hurt/killed. I don't see specifics.
on May 20,2013 | 11:44AM
lee1957 wrote:
What a poorly written piece. Are hands free devices allowed or not?
on May 20,2013 | 11:50AM
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