Hawaii is one of the states with the toughest distracted driving laws. The latest changes to the distracted driving law, that were made recently, made texting and using hand-held cell phones illegal for all drivers, and all cell phone use illegal for novice drivers. This is one of the most comprehensive distracted driving laws in the country, that regulates the use of all electronic devices while driving, unlike most states, that have laws that only regulate the use of cell phones, without restrictions on the use of other types of devices.
In Hawaii, all drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones. However, adult drivers are allowed to use a hands-free devices, which means that they can talk on a phone if they use some type of hands-free attachment. Drivers are allowed to use a hand-held cell phone to make an emergency call. This is a primary law.
For novice drivers, which means drivers who are 18 years old or younger, there is a ban on all cell phone use. This means that novice drivers are not allowed to use neither a hand-held, nor a hands-free device to talk, send or compose text messages. Furthermore, this primary law prohibits novice drivers from using video game devices, as well as music devices.
Text Messaging Ban
All drivers are prohibited from text messaging while behind the wheel. This is also a primary law.
The Hawaii distracted driving law allows the use of GPS devices, as well as mobile apps that are used for navigational purposes.