Be Smart, Drive Safe
With over 100,000 vehicles currently registered on Guam, drivers face many hazards on our roadways. Distracted driving poses a serious threat to driver's safety.
In 2012, the Guam legislature cited research that showed driving while using a mobile phone is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Currently, Guam law (PL 31-194) prohibits the reading, writing, or sending text messages, and the use of cell phones for voice communication while driving. Simply holding your mobile phone or similar electronic devices while driving is also prohibited.
The bill defines driving as:
"Operating a vehicle, with the motor running, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays... does not include operating a vehicle with or without the motor running when the driver moved the vehicle to the side of, or off, a highway, and halted in a location where the vehicle can safely remain stationary."
Drivers in violation of this law will be subject to penalties for each violation. Penalties for such violations are as follows:
- First violation: Fine of no less than one hundred dollars ($100)
- Repeat violation: Fine of no less than five hundred dollars ($500)
- In the event the driver is found to be in violation, which may have contributed to a traffic violation: Fine of no less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) and may result in the suspension or revocation of driving privileges.
As your telecommunications provider, DOCOMO PACIFIC wants to help make safety your first priority. A hand-free headset is the best solution, allowing you to stay both safe and connected while driving. We have a variety of hands-free Bluetooth devices and accessories. Visit any DOCOMO PACIFIC retail location for more details, or call 688-CARE(2273). Drive safe, Guam!