Honolulu Mayor Backs Stronger Texting-While-Driving Ban

Motorists in Honolulu, Hawaii, may still play video games or send and receive text messages as they drive, thanks to a 4-4 vote by the city council on Wednesday that sustained Mayor Mufi Hannemann's veto of a bill that would have banned both activities. The council earlier had passed the same Bill 67 by a 7-1 vote.

Hannemann called Bill 67 "flawed" and "half-baked," and he urged the council to pass the alternative Bill 4. It would impose a more comprehensive ban on the use of electronic devices while driving, including mobile phones, laptop computers, photographic devices, text messaging, and video games. The Honolulu Police Department also supports Bill 4.

"Let's get serious about this issue and craft appropriate legislation," Hannemann said. "I look forward to signing into law a measure from the council that will be enforceable and effective."

The council in 2002 considered but did not pass a ban on using cell phones while driving, and similar proposals failed in the Hawaii Legislature in 2005 and 2007, according to an article by Sean Hao in today's Honolulu Advertiser.

Product Showcase

  • HAZ LO HEADLAMPS

    With alkaline or rechargeable options, these safety rated, Class 1, Div. 1 Headlamps provide long runtime with both spot and flood options in the same light. Work safely and avoid trip hazards with flexible hands-free lighting from Streamlight. Read More

  • Full Line of Defense Against Combustible Dust Nilfisk

    Nilfisk provides a comprehensive range of industrial vacuums meticulously crafted to adhere to NFPA 652 housekeeping standards, essential for gathering combustible dust in Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E, F & G environments or non-classified settings. Our pneumatic vacuums are meticulously engineered to fulfill safety criteria for deployment in hazardous surroundings. Leveraging advanced filtration technology, Nilfisk ensures the secure capture of combustible materials scattered throughout your facility, ranging from fuels, solvents, and metal dust to flour, sugar, and pharmaceutical powders. Read More

  • Glove Guard® Clip

    Safety should never be compromised, especially when it comes to proper glove usage. The Glove Guard® clip enhances safety by encouraging employees to keep their gloves with them at all times. This reduces the risk of accidents and injuries on the job. By ensuring everyone has their gloves readily available, we help promote a culture of safety and efficiency. The Glove Guard® clip is designed to withstand the toughest work environments. Constructed from robust materials made in the USA, it can endure extreme conditions, including harsh weather, and rigorous activities. Read More

Featured

Webinars