Effective July 1, 2014 the fine for using a Mobile Electronic Device while driving is $297. Those caught using a mobile electronic device within a construction or school zone, the fine amount is $347. Since July 1, 2013 when the statewide distracted driving law became into effect, those cited needed to appear in court.
In the one year period it became a state law, the Maui Police Department have issued 968 citations for Mobile Electronic Device. With the change in the law, the courts will not be tied up with hearing each case a person is cited for using a mobile electronic device. The change in the law reduces the severity from a Traffic Crime to a Traffic Infraction.
The law does allow for the use of hands free device while driving provided they are 18 years of age or older. Juveniles are prohibited from using a hands free device. Juveniles cited for using a hands free device face a fine of $257. If they are using a hands free device within a construction or school zone, the fine amount is $307.
An exemption to the mobile electronic device law was added which now reads, “Drivers of vehicles that are at a complete stop, while the engine is turned off, in a safe location by the side of the road out of the way of traffic”. Basically, if someone really needs to use the phone, they may do so by pulling off the road, in a safe location out of the way of traffic and they must turn off the engine.