STAND. COM. REP. NO.339-02
RE: H.B. No. 2167
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 2167 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to repeal the traffic enforcement demonstration project.
In addition, this bill specifies that all summonses and citations issued before July 1, 2002 pursuant to the project are to remain valid and are not otherwise affected by the repeal of that project.
Your Committee finds that the traffic enforcement demonstration project, which began operations in December, 2001, has already produced a dramatic reduction in speeding on Oahu's roads and highways. Your Committee finds, however, that the public has expressed a number of concerns regarding the implementation of the project by the department of transportation that must be addressed at the earliest possible opportunity.
Accordingly, upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Repealing the traffic enforcement demonstration project in part I of this bill. As amended, part I uses language similar to that of the bill as introduced, with some technical changes, and adds a new provision requiring the Department of Transportation, as soon as legally possible after the bill's effective date, to terminate all contracts with private entities that are currently implementing the demonstration project;
(2) Enacting a new traffic enforcement law in part II of the bill that corrects the problems of the previous project, including making the following changes from the previous law:
Your Committee finds that, upon the termination of the traffic enforcement demonstration project, strong consideration should be given to transferring the project to the counties, who should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to implement this project through their respective police departments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2167, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2167, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair