The Maui Police Department announced changes to the state mobile electronic device law last week. Beginning on Tuesday, July 1, the start of the new ?scal year, the ?ne for using a cellphone while driving increased from $100 to $297. Drivers using cellphones in a school or construction zone face a $347 ?ne.
The law reduced the severity of a violation from a traf?c crime to a traf?c infraction and removed the requirement to appear in court to deal with a citation, police said.
An exemption to the mobile electronic device law was added that allows drivers to use a cellphone only after pulling their vehicle off the road to a safe location out of the way of traf?c and turning off its engine.
The law allows the use of a hands-free device while driving for drivers is 18 years or older only.
Drivers 17 and under are prohibited from using a hands-free device. The ?ne for a juvenile using a hands-free device is $257. The ?ne increases to $307 for juveniles using a hands-free device in a construction or school zone.