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MAYOR HANNEMANN APPLAUDS COUNCIL REJECTION OF
FAULTY TEXT MESSAGING BAN
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today thanked members of the City Council who voted today to sustain his veto of Bill 67, which would prohibit text messaging and the playing of video games while driving.
“This was a flawed bill designed to enable its sponsor’s constant political posturing, rather than to address public safety concerns legitimately,” Mayor Hannemann said. “Police and prosecutors made it very clear that Bill 67 would be unenforceable. It was a half-baked manapua that would do nothing to effectively improve safety on our roadways.”
Mayor Hannemann urged the Council to seriously consider an alternative measure, Bill 4, which was introduced in response to the concerns raised about Bill 67.
Bill 4 would create a more comprehensive ban on the use of electronic devices while driving, including mobile phones, laptop computers and photographic devices, as well as text messaging and video games. The Honolulu Police Department testified today in support of Bill 4.
“Let’s get serious about this issue and craft appropriate legislation,” Mayor Hannemann said. “I look forward to signing into law a measure from the Council that will be enforceable and effective.”
Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928