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City proposes text message ban

Tasia Mamiya Tasia Mamiya
Charles Djou Charles Djou
Chester Clark Chester Clark

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A proposed law may soon require Honolulu drivers to hang up, or pay up.

The city is considering a law that would make it illegal to type a text message while on the road.

The activity takes your attention off the road, posing harm to not only you, but other drivers and pedestrians around you. By looking at your cell phone screen, those behind the bill say your eyes are off the road, and that creates a huge hazard.

It's the ABC's of driving for Tasia Mamiya. She's dealing with a trend that threatens her safety. It's not drinking and driving, she's not intoxicated. Like many on the road, she's "intexticated."

"Probably over three hundred a day," said Driving Student Tasia Mamiya.

And that's why the City of Honolulu is considering joining other's across the country in banning text messaging while driving.

"This is one of these things where we've got to update our laws to catch up with modern technology in the 21st century," said Councilmember Charles Djou.

Driving and text messaging is a dangerous mix. By sending text messages at the wheel, the driver's ability and awareness drop dramatically.

"You don't know if they're paying attention to the road and if they're going to crash. My friend swerved one time, it was kind of scary," said Mamiya.

"It only takes one tenth of a second which is one half of a blink," said Driving Instructor Chester Clark.

The bill also applies to video games, anyone that gets caught will get up to a $100 moving violation.

"Not everyone is going to abide by the rules but I think it's a great effort in saving lives," said Driving Student Alana Calhoun.

"That life we're talking about may be yours," said Clark.

"I can see that many collisions and crashes will probably be prevented," said Calhoun.

De-touring danger on the road, the city says no call or text is worth a collision. The Honolulu City Council will hold the first reading Thursday, November 20th. If it's passed, it will need to be approved another two times before it goes into effect.

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