January 29, 2002
Release #2002-21
Contact: Senator J. Kalani English, 587 -7225
Senator Bob Hogue, 587-7215






HONOLULU--In a show of bipartisanship, Senate Majority Floor Leader J. Kalani English (D-Wailuku/Kahului/Upcountry Maui) and Senate Minority Policy Leader Bob Hogue (R-Kaneohe/Kailua) called for immediate action from the Department of Transportation regarding the highway traffic cameras. English and Hogue sent a petition signed by a majority of the legislators—15 in the Senate and 31 in the House—to Brian Minaai, Director of the department.

The petition calls for immediate removal of all photo enforcement vans from Oahu's major commuter highways (except for certain dangerous stretches of roadway) and requests the DOT not to further expand the demonstration project until the legislature reviews the current law.

"The people of Hawaii want safe roads, but they don't want these cameras," said English. "The neighbor islands are especially concerned that the program will be implemented beyond Oahu."

"We will work towards repeal of the law during the session, but strongly believe that action is needed right now," said Hogue.

A copy of the petition is available in Hogue's office (Room 204, Hawaii State Capitol).