Report Title:

Traffic Fines; Surcharge; Allocation to Counties

Description:

Adds a 10% surcharge to each fine imposed for a violation of the traffic code; allocates the amount of the surcharge to the county in which the violation occurred.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1185

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to imposition of a surcharge on traffic fines to be paid to the counties.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Section 291C-171, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"291C-171 Disposition of fines and forfeitures[.]; surcharge; allocation to counties. (a) [All] Except as provided in subsection (c), all fines and forfeitures collected upon conviction or upon the forfeiture of bail of any person charged with a violation of any section or provision of the state traffic laws and all assessments collected relating to the commission of traffic infractions shall be paid to the director of finance of the State.

(b) In addition to any monetary assessment imposed for a traffic infraction, the court may impose penalties on all outstanding traffic citations and judgments. The penalties shall be established pursuant to rules approved by the supreme court; provided that the amounts of the penalties shall be based upon a graduated scale that increases in proportion to the length of the delinquency. Any interest penalty imposed as provided in this section may be waived by the court for good cause. All penalties collected for such outstanding citations and judgments shall be paid to the director of finance of the State.

(c) A surcharge equal to ten per cent of the amount of the fine or assessment shall be added to each fine levied for a violation of any section or provision of the state traffic laws and to each assessment collected relating to the commission of traffic infractions. The surcharge shall be added to the amount of the fine or assessment and shall be paid to the director of finance of the State, who shall distribute the amount of the surcharge to the county in which the violation occurred."

SECTION 2. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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