Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 1430
                                        S.D. 2

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental
Affairs, to which was recommitted S.B. No. 1430, S.D. 1,


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to require children under the
age of twelve to wear a helmet while operating a motor scooter,
moped, mini-bike, all terrain vehicle, skateboard, inline skates,
roller skates, toy bicycle, tricycle, bicycle, unicycle, or other
wheeled apparatus on a public street or other public property.

     Testimony in support of this measure was received from the
Department of Transportation, Hawaii State Department of Health,
Hawaii Bicycling League, Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition, and
one individual.

     Your Committee finds that wearing a safety helmet is the
single most effective method of preventing death and reducing the
severity of non-fatal head injuries in bicycle collisions.
Requiring minors under the age of twelve to use a helmet during
other recreational activities that involve wheeled apparatuses
will reduce the severity and likelihood of head injuries during a

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

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     (1)  Replacing the reference to the highway safety
          coordinator with the correct reference to the director
          of transportation;

     (2)  Deleting motor scooters, mopeds, tricycles, and toy
          bicycles from the definition of "wheeled apparatus";

     (3)  Replacing the current penalty provisions that fine
          parents or guardians of a child who violate the helmet
          requirement $200 for the first violation, $300 for the
          second violation, and $500 for subsequent violations
          with provisions that serve the parents with written
          warnings for the first and second violations and
          imposes a $50 fine per violation thereafter; and

     (4)  Making technical, nonsubstantive changes for purposes
          of clarity.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental Affairs that is
attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the
intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1430, S.D. 1, as amended herein,
and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached
hereto as S.B. No. 1430, S.D. 2.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Transportation
                                   and Intergovernmental Affairs,

                                   CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair

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