A proposal to ban texting and playing video games while driving has been passed by the Honolulu City Council, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.
As GamePolitics previously reported, the measure does not enjoy the support of the city’s police department due to perceived difficulties in enforcement. City Councilman Nestor Garcia commented on the passage of the bill:
Most citizens will abide by it so if we can prevent one accident, whether it be by texting or playing a video game, then the imperfect law on the books will have done its job.
However, Councilman Rod Tam, who cast the only dissenting vote, criticized the measure:
This is bad legislation — unenforceable — an embarrassing situation.
The 2008 case of a city bus driver who was photographed playing a handheld game while driving was part of the impetus behind the new law. In discussing the bill, sponsor Charles Djou (left) harkened back to the bus incident:
Although the bus driver received some administrative punishment, there was nothing wrong or illegal with that bus driver engaging in that activity. This Honolulu City Council needs to make a very clear statement that that sort of activity should not be allowed on our public roadways.