Report Title:

Motor Vehicle Licensing; Telephones; Young Drivers

 

Description:

Prohibits young drivers from using a telephone while operating a motor vehicle.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1987

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 286, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"286- Cellular telephones; prohibited use. Except for emergency purposes, no person who is licensed to operate a motor vehicle under this chapter and who is under the age of eighteen shall operate a telephone, including a cellular or car telephone, walkie-talkie, or any other mode of communication while operating a motor vehicle."

SECTION 2. Section 286-102.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) The provisional license shall entitle the provisional licensee to drive the class of motor vehicles specified in subsection (a) upon the roadways of the State; provided that:

(1) The provisional licensee shall have the provisional license in the provisional licensee's immediate possession while driving;

(2) All occupants of the motor vehicle shall be restrained by safety belts or a child passenger restraint system as required under sections 291-11.5 and 291-11.6;

(3) The provisional licensee shall not transport more than one person under the age of eighteen, unless the person is, with respect to the provisional licensee:

(A) A household member; or

(B) A household member's foster or hanai child,

without being accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is the provisional licensee's parent or guardian; [and]

(4) Except as provided in subsection (c), whenever the provisional licensee is driving between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., a licensed driver who is the provisional licensee's parent or guardian and is licensed to operate the same category of motor vehicle as the licensee, shall be in the motor vehicle and shall occupy the passenger seat beside the licensee[.]; and

(5) Except for emergency purposes, the provisional licensee shall not operate a telephone, including a cellular or car telephone, walkie-talkie, or any other mode of communication while operating a motor vehicle."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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