WAILUKU - Mayor Charmaine Tavares will take until Tuesday to sign into law a bill that will make it illegal to use a cellular phone or other mobile electronic devices while driving.
Maui County Council members gave final approval to the bill June 18. The measure becomes law with the mayor's signature.
The mayor's signing of the bill was aimed at giving residents "as much time as possible to prepare and learn more about the new law."
"As our county's population of drivers increases and technology finds its way into everyday activities, it's become necessary to consider additional ways to keep motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists safe," Tavares said. "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."
An exception to the ban on the use of cellular phones provides that drivers may use a hands-free device, such as a Bluetooth.
Drivers with commercial licenses and operators of registered fleet vehicles may use two-way radios while on the job.
Teenagers and other novice drivers cannot use cell phones while driving, even with headsets or earpieces.
First-time offenders face a traffic citation with a fine of up to $100. Those with subsequent offenses could be fined $250 or more.