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National group praises Hawaii cellphone driving law

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:49 p.m. HST, May 21, 2013

A national nonprofit is cheering Hawaii’s new law that prohibits people from holding cellphones and other portable electronics while driving.

Jonathan Adkins from the Governors Highway Safety Association in Washington said Hawaii is the 11th state to ban hand-held phone use for drivers.

Adkins said Hawaii’s new law is tougher than laws in most other states.

The group said the law also puts Hawaii among 40 states that bans texting. The law’s language defines use of a phone as holding it.   

The law has exceptions for emergency calls.

State Sen. Kalani English said Hawaii’s counties already regulate distracted driving. He said the bill protects access to federal grant money.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the law Monday along with a bill requiring passengers to wear seatbelts in backseats of cars.

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loquaciousone wrote:
I like the cell phone law but we have one on Oahu and it's rarely enforced. As a bus rider, I see sometimes four or five cars in a row pass be with drivers holding a cell phone to their ear. They don't even try to hide it anymore.
on May 21,2013 | 10:45AM
CriticalReader wrote:
What if you're making an emergency "911" call, but you get a wrong number, like your friend's number, and then you mention that you were actually MAKING an emergency call, but your friend wants to talk about what they want to do that night for dinner, IN ADDITION TO THE FACT YOU DIALED A WRONG NUMBER EMERGENCY CALL, and your friend won't let you off the phone and you don't want to take your eyes off the road to hang up so you just let your friend talk because it's safer than taking your eyes off the road?
on May 21,2013 | 12:17PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Then it should be okay as long as you have an emergency like an ingrown toenail or a paper cut then it should be allowed to make a date in between but no phone conversations with Jodi Arias because it might end up in court for the whole world to hear then that would make your wife mad at you and lock you out of your house and then you would have a real emergency when the she sics the pittbull on you.
on May 21,2013 | 12:53PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Yeah, I hate when stuff like that happens.
on May 21,2013 | 01:36PM
false wrote:
if Kudo's are free are they also worthless?
on May 21,2013 | 11:43AM
CriticalReader wrote:
If you pick up the phone, and you're about to dial an emergency number, but haven't dialed an emergency number yet, is that a violation?
on May 21,2013 | 12:07PM
juscasting wrote:
Funny! My wife got a ticket doing just that in Pearl City by the distribution center, her car was over heating she was pulling to the side and trying to call FSP when a motorcycle cop saw her! He said I know your car is over heating but you should have waited till you stopped and parked. He was right, but what a.......!
on May 21,2013 | 12:14PM
samsdad wrote:
so, does better enforcement come along with the new law? I doubt it.
on May 21,2013 | 04:57PM
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