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Police crack down on cell phone use while driving

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:59 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2014

Officers issued 127 traffic tickets in a distracted driver enforcement effort in Kalihi on Friday, Honolulu Police said Tuesday on their website, honolulupd.org.

Of the citations, 92 were for using mobile devices while driving, 8 were for seat belt violations, 6 for driving without a license , 4 for no insurance, 2 hazardous moving violations and one speeding ticket. Fourteen other tickets were for miscellaneous violations.

Police conducted the traffic enforcement action between 8 a.m. and noon at North Nimitz Highway and Waiakamilo Road.

A state law banning the use of handheld cell phones and other electronic devices while driving took effect last year.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
If they really want to rake in the money they need to simply walk one block from their main station and hang out on Beretania and Ward for a few minutes.
on April 23,2014 | 07:40AM
control wrote:
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news - HPD doesn't get a single penny. The money from fines goes to the state general fund.
on April 23,2014 | 11:15AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
its all for the pork fund
on April 23,2014 | 11:43AM
64hoo wrote:
no it dos'nt it goes to the city and county which will be used to fund the rail.
on April 23,2014 | 01:01PM
64hoo wrote:
remember police and fire dept. ambulance all come under city and county.
on April 23,2014 | 01:04PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
You completely missed my point. Yes I know the money goes to the general fund. My point was that in less than a block from their main station one can observe constant violations (at least 5 per light change).
on April 23,2014 | 01:17PM
richierich wrote:
If only they would pursue vagrants with as much diligence. But then again, the homeless drug addicts don't pay their fines like cell phone users do.
on April 23,2014 | 07:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Only 92 for mobile devices? While waiting for the bus, I see more than that in 10 minutes.
on April 23,2014 | 07:57AM
dyw001 wrote:
You're such a liar.
on April 23,2014 | 08:54AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Okay I stretched it a bit. It takes at least 11 minutes to see that many.
on April 23,2014 | 10:20AM
Kuokoa wrote:
I would like to know what we can do a normal citizens to help with this enforcement. As loquaciousone says, just stand on any street corner and you will see many more that what was cited. Many times using a cell phone is not the only violation but I have seen other violations such as not stopping before a right turn, etc. one guys I was following could not see out of his sideview mirror because he was talking on his cell. How about texting with one hand and holding a cigarrette in the other with NO hands on the steering wheel. Get that one!
on April 23,2014 | 08:19AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Should crack down on property crimes / burgs / robberies instead. Nah, only the low hanging fruit, right? Pffft.
on April 23,2014 | 08:31AM
PokeStop wrote:
Too much work to catch real criminals. Plus there's the safety factor involved as you can't get injured or have your life threatened catching cell phone abusers.
on April 23,2014 | 08:41AM
wondermn1 wrote:
Burglaries, Property crimes, Car theft & identity theft should be more the focus as they effect the quality of daily life here in the Islands. Drivers can be distracted in many ways,the focus their should be on education about distractions of any type via radio adds, newspapers, etc. etc. etc, but don't harass the pubic & waste the police officers time with cell phone and seat belt tickets
on April 23,2014 | 12:34PM
SueH wrote:
HAJAA1, when you rake the leaves in your yard, does it matter if you start in the middle of the yard, or around the edges? Either way, eventually all the leaves are raked up. The police are just trying to get rid of some of the "leaves" and if they attack the "low hanging fruit" first....be grateful for at least SOME enforcement.
on April 23,2014 | 09:27AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Said the cop's wife. Or the cop herself? Anyway, hard facts are the only thing I am "grateful" for.....and crime is up. Period. Thus, we need to address the important issues, not the silly ones. Think that cell phone use while driving is not silly? Have you ever eaten a burger while driving? Or eaten anything? Apply makeup? Drink hot coffee? Attend to your kids in the back seat? Take a note or two? Fuss around in the glove box? All these things are just as bad or worse. Hmmm....yet no laws prohibit them. THAT is why it is silly. Just in case you asked :-)
on April 23,2014 | 10:33AM
control wrote:
Studies have clearly shown that talking on a cell phone is a dangerous a driving dui. It's not silly to people who have to flee for their very lives dodging a distracted idiot using a cell phone while driving. Go get 'em HPD!
on April 23,2014 | 11:18AM
SueH wrote:
Whether or not you choose to group cell phone use while driving with the likes of eating a burger or putting on makeup, cell phone use while driving is AGAINST THE LAW, while the other activities you list currently are not, regardless of how "silly" your highness thinks they are. Bravo to the police for doing what they should.
on April 23,2014 | 01:29PM
Giligan wrote:
Bring back the van cams, do you think cops wives ever get a ticket? There was a guy that gave examples of hundreds of worse things to do when driving, than using a cell phone.
on April 24,2014 | 06:07AM
fshnpoi wrote:
but before you go in another yard, you should rake all the leaves in yours first.
on April 23,2014 | 12:12PM
Big C wrote:
GOOD JOB, this type of enforcement should be done more often. Try doing some enforcement with police officer's not in uniform doing the spotting. Or keep the Police vehicle hidden. Probably would catch double the violators.
on April 23,2014 | 08:51AM
juke wrote:
what a joke
on April 23,2014 | 09:10AM
SueH wrote:
They already do that.
on April 23,2014 | 01:31PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
Must be quota time..time to make money again
on April 23,2014 | 09:17AM
LadyNinja wrote:
Good job HPD! Now maybe some of that money could be used to get bullet proof vests for dogs!! Standing on the corner of Liliha/Kuakini at the stop light, I saw more than 10 drivers using cell phones, half were taxi drivers.
on April 23,2014 | 10:43AM
COlohe1 wrote:
sitting in traffic (as a passenger), I notice at least 7-10 drivers using their cells as my wife drives from ala kawa to waiakamilo!!!
on April 23,2014 | 11:10AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
vest for dogs nice one..how about gym for fat cops
on April 23,2014 | 11:42AM
Waikele wrote:
When passing slow drivers, noticed they are always using cell phones.
on April 23,2014 | 11:55AM
MakaniKai wrote:
How about the lane drifters and the one's slamming on their brakes with nothing in front of them. I notice drivers looking down and reading a text - eyes off the road it is scary! Yes there are other distractions but cell phones are the most common. If you like text please ride da bus................get off da F @ c k - in road.
on April 23,2014 | 02:27PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Let's see if this is true. I would like to be a cop for the day - I could rack up those tickets.
on April 23,2014 | 12:07PM
sailfish1 wrote:
It's about time HPD start enforcing some of our laws. They don't have to make any special effort. All HPD officers need to do is keep their eye open while they're driving around.
on April 23,2014 | 12:56PM
entrkn wrote:
The Maui cops should be doing this too. I see drivers "lost" in cellphone conversation and texting every time I drive anywhere. It's scary.
on April 23,2014 | 01:49PM
wlsc wrote:
there are so....so......so......so.........much of all types of driving violations by the egotistic, inconsiderate......jerks. get them of the road for the safety of the law abidings.
on April 23,2014 | 01:59PM
iwanaknow wrote:
My friend got a cell phone ticket....it's $395.00 fine, no seat belts are $92.00 ya? I asked him why he didn't have Blue tooth wireless...........he didn't have an answer.....the fine money could go a long ways to get wireless ya?
on April 23,2014 | 02:25PM
Jonas wrote:
They need to do this in more places than just Kalihi. Also need to target those red-light runners. Those are probably the worst driving hazard.
on April 23,2014 | 03:00PM
wlsc wrote:
yes, it is all over.
on April 23,2014 | 04:57PM
scooters wrote:
I'd like to see just "ONE" patrol officer in Kailua enforcing the speed limit on Keolu Dr and Hamakua. Both are used as a speed way.
on April 23,2014 | 07:49PM
hikine wrote:
Sometimes I see cops using cell phones themselves but I guess they can claim it's for work purposes. Hate those people who texts and slows down to do it and hold up traffic behind them. If we could only take a picture and send it to HPD for proof!
on April 23,2014 | 09:59PM
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