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Simplify fine for distracted driving


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 05, 2013

~~<p>In theory, perhaps it was a good idea: When drivers are caught holding their cell phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel, bump up the penalty for repeat offenses.</p>
<p>In practice, the new law that took effect July 1 hasn't worked out as planned. Information about completed cases, needed to figure out if the driver is a repeat offender or not, is filed in the state Judiciary database, a separate system from what Honolulu Police Department officers can access. So when the ticket gets handed out, the person needs to appear in court for the amount of fine to be calculated.</p>
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In theory, perhaps it was a good idea: When drivers are caught holding their cell phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel, bump up the penalty for repeat offenses.

In practice, the new law that took effect July 1 hasn't worked out as planned. Information about completed cases, needed to figure out if the driver is a repeat offender or not, is filed in the state Judiciary database, a separate system from what Honolulu Police Department officers can access. So when the ticket gets handed out, the person needs to appear in court for the amount of fine to be calculated. Login for more...



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