Report Title:

Traffic Fines; Counties

 

Description:

Enables the counties to impose and collect fines for violations of the statewide traffic code, in addition to the fines imposed by the State under that code.

 

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2643

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO TRAFFIC FINES.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to enable the respective counties to impose and collect fines for violations of the statewide traffic code, chapter 291C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, in addition to the fines imposed by the State under that code.

SECTION 2. Section 291C-171, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"291C-171 Disposition of fines and forfeitures. (a) All fines and forfeitures collected upon conviction or upon the forfeiture of bail of any person charged with a violation of any section or provision of the state traffic laws and all assessments collected relating to the commission of traffic infractions shall be paid to the director of finance of the State[.]; provided that each county by ordinance may impose additional fines for the violation of any section or provision of the state traffic laws. Within thirty days after the effective date of such an ordinance, the traffic violations bureau shall prepare citations forms for the police department of that county showing all state and county fines. Persons receiving the citations with county fines may contest them in the same manner that state fines are contested. The traffic violations bureau shall collect the fines for the counties and shall remit them to the respective director of finance of the counties on a semi-annual basis.

(b) In addition to any monetary assessment imposed for a traffic infraction, the court may impose penalties on all outstanding traffic citations and judgments. The penalties shall be established pursuant to rules approved by the supreme court; provided that the amounts of the penalties shall be based upon a graduated scale that increases in proportion to the length of the delinquency. Any interest penalty imposed as provided in this section may be waived by the court for good cause. All penalties collected for such outstanding citations and judgments shall be paid to the director of finance of the State[.]; provided that if the county has enacted an ordinance imposing an additional fine for the infraction, the director shall remit the counties' share, if any, of the interest penalty to the respective director of finance of the counties on a semi-annual basis."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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