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Does Hawaii have a point system?

A point system is a method many states use to keep track of how many traffic infractions a driver has committed. The state will assign points for certain offenses, such as speeding or passing a stopped school bus. If a driver accumulates too many points, he or she could lose driving privileges.

Hawaii used to have a point system, but lawmakers got rid of it a few years ago. Having no point system does not, however, give drivers in Hawaii free rein to commit as many traffic infractions as they want. Hawaii's Department of Licensing uses a different demerit system, instead.

Distracted driving is a bad idea in the Aloha State

Everywhere you look in Hawaii has a postcard-worthy view. While it may be tempting to pull out your smartphone to snap and text a photo while driving through the mountains or by the ocean, doing so could result in significant legal consequences. Put simply, distracted driving is a bad idea in the Aloha State. 

Currently, 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have a distracted driving law that bans texting and driving. Hawaii is part of that group. Hawaii’s distracted driving law, though, encompasses more than just text messages. Before you hit the road to explore everything the state has to offer, you must understand Hawaii’s distracted driving rules. 

Tips to resist the urge to speed

Speeding is an easy infraction to commit. You may think it is no big deal to go 10, 20 or even 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, especially if other drivers are doing it. However, it can come with a variety of legal, financial and personal repercussions.

It is important for your own well-being to resist the urge to speed. Take notice of these tips to stop speeding. 

Reckless driving laws in Hawaii

If you find yourself facing reckless driving charges in Hawaii, it helps to know what this means and what would be the likely consequences. In addition to considering criminal penalties, it is important to understand how these charges can affect your driver's license.

Generally, Hawaiian law defines reckless driving as operating a vehicle or riding an animal in a way that obviously puts other people or their property at risk of harm. The law does not list specific types of conduct that meet this definition.

What to do if you get a DUI in Hawaii while on vacation

Millions of people travel to Hawaii every year to enjoy the scenic views and delicious food. However, some people who visit have a little too much fun. Law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for any intoxicated drivers on the road. These efforts led to the arrests of 30 people in Hawaii during the week of the Fourth of July holiday.

When the police arrest a person who is from another state for driving under the influence, the legal proceedings tend to become a little more complicated than normal. For the individual arrested, it is paramount for him or her to contact an attorney immediately. Failure to do so can result in far more headaches down the road. 

3 reasons to hire a lawyer to fight a speeding ticket

When it comes to speeding tickets, most drivers will simply pay the fine and move on. However, it could actually work to your benefit to fight the ticket with an experienced attorney by your side. The exact amount you will need to pay will vary depending on the island you received the ticket on and how fast over the speed limit you went. 

The ticket for excessive speeding may fall between $500 and $1,000, so hiring a lawyer can save you money in the long run. However, there are other reasons why it may be in your best interest to have some help with this endeavor. 

Expensive SR22 auto insurance to avoid

Hawaii drivers whose licenses are in danger of suspension may want to start taking the issue seriously before they head to court. This is because license suspension is only the start of the consequences.

Drivers sometimes believe they can get the court matter over with, pay their dues with a brief loss of license and small fine, and put it all behind them. This is not so.

What is implied consent and how does it apply to DUI arrests?

Implied consent applies when consent is not directly given, but implicitly conceded by circumstances or actions. This means you consented to the possibility of being required to take a breathalyzer when you got behind the wheel.

Is it a requirement?

What happens if you drive without a license in Hawaii?

Your license expired a month ago, but you haven’t had a chance to get it renewed. As you drive into work, you hear sirens behind you. Looking down at the speedometer you realize that you are ten miles over the speed limit.

Now you have for two violations – speeding, and driving without a license. You know that speeding will probably result in a ticket, but what happens if you drive without a license in Hawaii?

The two parts of a DUI arrest in Hawaii

If you were recently arrested for a DUI, you are probably anxious about what will happen next. The consequences of a DUI are severe, affecting your life for years, so it is crucial to have a strong defense for your case. Hawaii DUI cases happen in two parts: an administrative and a criminal hearing. Here is an overview of what these hearings mean for you.


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