Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 162
                                        S.D. 1

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 referred S.B. No. 162 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to increase the age of a
child from age three to age four required to be properly
restrained in a child passenger seat when being transported by
motor vehicle.

     Testimony in support of this measure was received from the
Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Police
Department of the City and County of Honolulu, Keiki Injury
Prevention Coalition, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

     The testimony received by your Committee indicated that this
measure reflects the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's standards and recommendations and should improve
highway safety for children.  Under current law, children between
the ages of three and four are not required to be restrained in a
child passenger seat.  Therefore, the children are then
restrained by standard motor vehicle seat belts that are
generally designed to protect adults.

     Upon consideration of all pertinent issues and testimony
presented, your Committee finds that this measure will provide
children under the age of four improved highway safety and

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     Your Committee has amended this measure by making a
technical, nonsubstantive change.

     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. 162, as amended herein, and
recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached
hereto as S.B. No. 162, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.

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

                                   CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair

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