The mayor of Honolulu has vetoed a recently-passed law that would make it illegal to text or play a video game while driving.
As reported by the Honolulu Star, Mayor Mufi Hannemann (left) notified City Council by letter that he was exercising his veto power over concerns about enforcement of the measure. The gaming/texting while driving law was passed by City Council late last month. The Mayor explained his veto in his letter:
I applaud the Council’s intent to address this public safety matter. A police officer operating a motor vehicle will only have a second or two to determine if the driver is committing a violation by text messaging or playing a video game.
As GamePolitics has previously reported, Honolulu’s police chief also expressed concerns about the ability of his officers to enforce the measure. Mayor Hannemann has indicated that he would support a more generalized ban on cell phone use while driving.
Meanwhile, City Councilman Charles Djou criticized the Mayor’s decision:
The facts are as they stood two weeks ago. The Council should override, and the only reason a Council member should change one’s mind is politics.