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Kauai bans handheld cell phones while driving

Kauai has joined the island of Oahu by passing an ordinance banning use of handheld electronics while driving.  The Oahu ordinance is already in effect and Kauai's will begin on May 3.  The Kauai mayor has promised to sign the bill when it arrives at his desk.

It's not yet clear what steps the county will take to notify arriving tourists which make up a significant number of our drivers.  That may not be a big issue since bans are being enacted in many areas of the mainland and the car rental companies should notify it's drivers.

Come visit and drive safe!

Aloha!

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Comment balloon 25 commentsRichard T. Dolbeare • February 04 2010 01:06PM

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Thanks for the Update Richard, Look you are already letting us tourists know,  Mahalo!

Bill

Posted by Bill Jones, Realtor (403-701-1739) Airdrie & Calgary Area Homes and Condos (Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones") over 8 years ago

Richard, we already have that in effect here and it just makes sense.  How can someone really pay attention when texting or trying to hold a phone.....It does take some getting used to though, :)  Thank gosh for blue tooth

Posted by Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group over 8 years ago

Richard,

Thank you for the information.  I guess our cell phone message could state "Please leave a message, I am on the road."

 

Posted by Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844 (Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office) over 8 years ago

Driving and trying to talk on a cell phone is definitely not a real safe combination!  I'm trying to retrain myself to just not attempt it - and I don't think handheld versus hands free is really the issue, since the conversation itself really is a distraction.  I figured this out with a big shock after driving around downtown hunting for a parking space while talking on my phone, parked, walked to where I needed to drop off paperwork, came back out - and realized I had ZERO idea of where my car was!!  LOL

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA (Managing Broker - City Realty Inc) over 8 years ago

While we don't like to admit it's a distraction, our own personal experiences probably suggest otherwise.

Aloha & be safe!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

Here in California we have these laws and some even follow them.  Such a great law, scares me to death when I see people texting while driving.

Posted by Kim Sellers, Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow (Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

Texting while driving has to be the worst, right up there with driving with one's eyes closed.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

First the Big Island, then Oahu now Kauai....What's this all about, safety?  I'm sure that it will result in a decrease in automobile accidents.  BTW, are hands free devices ok?

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 8 years ago

Ah, I wasn't yet aware that the Big Island had it, thanks for that info.  The bill is new and even the mayor hasn't seen it so I don't know details on hands-free.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

Uh oh, I suppose Maui will be next.  What about eating while driving, can I still do that?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

Hi Georgina.  You keep so trim that I don't think you would eat and drive anyway.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

Just stopped by to let you, and anyone reading this, know that there's an ActiveRain Super Bowl Party going on. Stop by if you have a chance.

Posted by Not a real person over 8 years ago

Hi Russell.  Now that's a new twist on blogging, a cyber party?

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

Richard,

Seems like a good idea...

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 8 years ago

Hi Ann, thanks for stoppng by.  It's always special to hear from those back where I grew up.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

Richard,

You are very welcome....  We have snow in Missouri today..  They finally got the forecast right.

Ann Hayden in snowy Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 8 years ago

Rich this seem to be now the norm in many places and the stats show this is a good move.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 8 years ago

Ann--After moving from the midwest, I spent 35 years in Maryland.  Both are very snowy these days!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

Hi Jennifer.  Yes it is and I'm ready and able to comply.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

I think the roads are safer that way.  I visited my family at Christmas time.  They live in the Chicago area.  All of Cook county is hands free.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 8 years ago

Hi Dawn.  It's becomming the norm for sure.  Do you think hands-free eliminates the danger or is there still a distraction?

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

Hi Richard:

I do think that it's a good law.

Even though, we'll alwaysl see plenty of offenders everyday!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 8 years ago

Richard,

I would say Maryland is a lot worse off than MO....

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 8 years ago

I hope they put a National ban on the darn things and I can then save the monthly bill. With all the distractions we have in our cars I am suprised people don't have more wrecks.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) over 8 years ago

Driving is the most dangerous thing we do (other than living).

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 8 years ago

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