Hawaii’s distracted driving laws prohibit all motorists from using a handheld mobile electronic device while driving. And for certain drivers, even hands-free device use is prohibited. This article discusses the specifics of what the law restricts and the penalties you’ll face for a cellphone or texting ticket.
In Hawaii, it’s illegal to use a handheld mobile electronic device while operating a vehicle. The restriction applies to talking on the phone, texting, and all other uses of an electronic device. But for most drivers, the ban isn’t applicable to hands-free device use.
Drivers under 18 years old, however, are completely prohibited from using an electronic device while operating a vehicle, regardless of whether hands-free or voice-operated technology is used.
Exceptions. Hawaii’s electronic device use prohibition doesn’t apply to:
A distracted driving violation carries the following penalties:
Depending on the circumstances, a texting or cellphone violation could also lead to a reckless or an inattentive driving conviction. And if one of these violations results in the death of another person, negligent homicide charges are a possibility.