STAND. COM. REP. NO.1238-02
RE: S.B. No. 2336
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 S.B. No. 2336, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER LICENSING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to require drivers under seventeen years of age to be accompanied by a licensed driver at least twenty-one years of age when driving between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Your Committee received testimony in support of the measure from the Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition. The Honolulu Police Department and Department of Education supported the intent of the measure and provided comments. The Judiciary, Hawaii Youth Services Network, and the Office of the Public Defender commented on the bill. Testimony in opposition to the measure was submitted by the Libertarian Party of Hawaii and concerned individuals.
Your Committee finds that there is a perception that youthful drivers make up a large group of night drivers who are involved in accidents. This measure attempts to address the concern that youthful drivers require adult supervision when operating motor vehicles late at night.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Reducing the age of the accompanying licensed driver to eighteen years of age;
(2) Changing the hours of adult accompaniment to 12:00 midnight to 4:00 a.m.; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of style and clarity.
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 S.B. No. 2336, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2336, S.D. 1, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair