THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

92

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

REQUESting the department of transportation to suspend the use of photo traffic enforcement cameras to cite speeders on state roadways until the department can provide the public with a clear plan to address roadway safety.

 

WHEREAS, the recent implementation of the photo traffic enforcement program to cite speeding motorists has caused tremendous public uproar, and many residents are firmly against the system; and

WHEREAS, the public outcry has caused every Hawaii resident to reevaluate the manner in which laws are made and enforced in Hawaii, and to search for alternative ways in which to ensure public safety; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-First Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Transportation is requested to immediately suspend the use of the photo traffic enforcement program to cite speeders on state roadways until such time as the Department can provide the public with a clear plan to address safety on Hawaii's roadways. The plan should include:

(1) Specific locations on public roadways where speeding is considered a safety problem, as evidenced by verifiable statistics and facts, and where the Department would like to use the photo traffic enforcement system. The public must be convinced of the necessity of cameras at those locations;

(2) Use of clearly marked signs indicating the distance before a driver enters a photo enforcement zone;

(3) A plan for the Department of Transportation to work with the Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu City and County Prosecutor's Office to address citizen concerns regarding a consistent policy on photo traffic enforcement, in order to better inform the public on the State's policy;

(4) A plan for the Department of Transportation to conduct public hearings, meetings, and discussions, and to provide information to the public via television, print media, and radio, regarding the Department's plan and the specific locations of photo traffic enforcement vans;

(5) A requirement that all photo traffic enforcement vans be clearly marked;

(6) Notice that the Honolulu Police Department shall still be responsible for enforcing the speed limit at locations where photo traffic enforcement cameras are not located;

(7) A study by the Department of Transportation to reevaluate speed limits on public roadways to determine whether the speed limits should be increased; and

(8) A requirement that the contractor operating the photo traffic enforcement program to cite speeders be compensated only through payment of a flat fee and not compensated based on the number of citations issued;

and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Department of Transportation.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Requests Department of Transportation to suspend use of photo traffic enforcement system, and to conduct a related a study.