Friday, February 13, 2009

Like To Game While You Drive? Move to Hawaii

Twisted Metal: Hawaii coming soon to your Hawaiian court room. Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann recently vetoed a bill by the Honolulu City Council that would ban text messaging and gaming while driving (courtesy GamePolitics).

Wait, he vetoed it? So he wants us to drive around playing Professor Layton… and texting “u r drivin n00b” to our friends? He explained himself in a letter to the Council:

“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.”

I see. So the bill isn’t harsh enough. The Mayor even said in his letter that he would rather support a more general ban on cell phone use while driving. Good luck, Mr. Mayor. Hawaii is one of ten states without specific cell phone-related driving legislation (including Vermont?). You’re going to have to do a lot of schmoozing to get that kind of bill through your Council.

Regardless, would a more general ban on phones contain legislation regarding handheld gaming? If it didn’t, could I use my iPhone as long as I was playing Labyrinth and not yapping or texting? Or would a ban on gaming not apply to phones? These questions need answering, Hawaii! Or else I’m going to come down there, rent a car, and play Mario Kart while I drive through the streets of Honolulu. I just hope your cops aren’t armed with blue shells.