STAND. COM. REP. NO.698-02
RE: H.B. No. 2349
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 2349 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of the bill is to amend the law giving authorized emergency vehicles certain privileges in traffic by:
(1) Including police vehicles used in the performance of a police function as an authorized emergency vehicle;
(2) Expanding privileges to include driving on the shoulder and median of roadways and in controlled-access roadways, highways, and facilities; and
(3) Removing the requirement that the privileges apply only if the emergency vehicle uses audible and visual signals.
Your Committee received testimony in support of the measure from the Honolulu Police Department. The Department of Transportation expressed concerns regarding the measure.
Your Committee finds that section 291C-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, already include publicly or privately-owned police vehicles as "authorized emergency vehicles."
Your Committee has amended this bill by deleting the specific reference to vehicles used by the police.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2349, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2349, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair