HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii lawmakers may change the penalty for those who use your telephone whereas driving.
Hawaii at present prohibits any driver from utilizing a cellular system or digital system except the only objective is to make a 911 name. Moreover, no individual below 18 is allowed to function a motorized vehicle whereas utilizing a hands-free cellular digital system both.
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HB1692 was launched by Rep. Henry J.C. Aquino (D) Waipahu, and he stated that each one that violates this shall be topic to a nice that ought to be deposited into the state freeway fund. If an individual violates the rule whereas driving in a college zone or development space, the nice shall be paid to the director of finance.
“The writer has requested that we hold the invoice transferring with clean quantities, and the chair’s suggestion is to maneuver it out as is,” stated Rep. Mark Nakashima, who can also be the chair of the committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.
Rep. Nakashima stated Rep. Aquino would work with the finance committee on a certain amount at present a quotation whereas utilizing a cellular system prices $297, and for those who’re caught utilizing a cellular system in a college or development zone, a quotation prices you $347.
“It’s nonetheless not deterring individuals from utilizing their system, so I’m not so positive if a better nice would do the trick,” stated Performing Main James Slayter of the Honolulu Police Division’s visitors division.
In line with the Hawaii Division of Transportation (HDOT), there have been 14 fatal crashes involving distracted drivers in 2020 that jumped to 27 the next yr.
“In 2019, 34.3% of the deadly crashes in Hawaii, had been on account of distracted driving,” defined Jai Cunningham, HDOT’s spokesperson. “So of us that may have been on their telephone, when you concentrate on that, that’s an awfully huge quantity as a result of that’s one thing that may very simply be prevented.”
Slayter stated distracted driving contains different issues like consuming, consuming, doing all of your make-up or hair — something that takes your eyes off the street. He added that greater than 13,000 citations had been issued by HPD during the last three years.
“I do know for a indisputable fact that officers give a complete lot extra warnings than they do citations, so you may triple that quantity simply,” Slayter stated.
He said that perhaps individuals will take it significantly if there was a better penalty like shedding your license for a time period after a number of offenses over a time period.
“I suppose as an alternative of fines, perhaps one thing extra like a cumulative factor, I imply, that’s not one thing that we’ve received happening right here regionally, however you recognize, I’m open to every kind of various concepts. For me, it’s one thing that now we have to repair,” Slayter defined.
He stated in his years in vehicular murder he’s seen lots of crashes that might have been prevented if alcohol or distracted driving wasn’t concerned.
It’s unlawful for pedestrians in Honolulu to cross the road whereas utilizing a cellular or digital system.
On Thursday, Feb. 3, Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth urged residents to make use of protected driving practices after 18 main visitors collisions, together with two deadly crashes that occurred in a single week from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31.
One of many deadly crashes claimed three lives, and police imagine inattention and pace are doable elements within the crash.
In line with Hawaii island police, all through January there have been 4 deadly collisions, leading to six fatalities. That’s in contrast with three deadly collisions, leading to three fatalities for a similar time final yr, 2021. It’s 33.3% for deadly collisions and a 100% improve for fatalities.
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“Each deadly visitors collision on Hawaii Island roads is a tragedy that endlessly impacts the sufferer’s households,
buddies, and our neighborhood,” stated Hawaii County Police Chief Paul Ferreira. “Hawaii Police Division stays steadfast in its dedication to lowering these useless deaths through visitors enforcement, neighborhood outreach, and schooling. We’d like everybody to do their half. There’s no excuse for any type of harmful driving.”