Act 74 prohibits the use of handheld cell phones and electronic devices (excluding navigation devices) and text messaging while driving, including when stopped for stop signals or stop signs. The law applies to all drivers.
Devices may be used when a vehicle is fully stopped away from traffic or to contact 911 or emergency responders.
Fines.The base fine for violation of the Act is $250; the fine is $300 if the violation occurred in a school zone or construction zone.
Commercial drivers. In a separate law, drivers holding commercial licenses are prohibited from using mobile electronic devices to text while operating a commercial vehicle, except to contact 911 or emergency responders (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 291-17).