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Maui mayor will sign bill banning cell phones while driving

Maui will soon join Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island in banning use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

On Tuesday, Mayor Charmaine Tavares will sign into law Bill 40 forbidding the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

First-time offenders would face a fine of up to $100 and subsequent violations could result in fines of $250 or more.

The Maui County Council passed the bill on June 18. The ordinance becomes law upon the approval by the mayor. 

A county news release said the mayor is waiting until July 6 to sign the bill so the public will have time to prepare and learn more about the new law.

“As our county’s population of drivers increase and technology finds its way into everyday activities, it’s become necessary to consider additional ways to help keep motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists safe,” said Tavares. “The community we help to keep safe includes all of our families and friends, so although the new law may inconvenience some drivers, it’s an important one. I encourage drivers to take steps now to prepare for this new law and learn more about it.”

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