Report Title:

Moped Riders; Helmets Required; Fines

 

Description:

Requires riders of mopeds to wear helmets and provides fines for violations.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1425

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

relating to mopeds.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. Section 291C-195, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"291C-195 Driving of mopeds. (a) No person [less than fifteen years of age] shall drive a moped on a highway, street, roadway, or any other public property in the State[. No person less than eighteen years of age shall drive a moped unless the] if:

(1) The person is less than fifteen years of age; or

(2) The person [wears] fails to wear a safety helmet securely fastened with a chin strap. The safety helmet shall meet the specifications and requirements established by rules adopted by the director.

(b) No person shall drive a moped except while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the moped.

(c) No person shall drive a moped which is carrying any other person nor shall any person other than the driver ride upon a moped.

(d) Subsections (b) and (c) shall not apply to three-wheeled mopeds designed to carry a driver and passenger seated side by side.

(e) Three-wheeled mopeds shall be insured for liability and property damage, excluding personal injury protection.

(f) Any person who fails to wear a safety helmet under subsection (a) shall be subject to a civil fine not to exceed $500."

SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun, before its effective date.

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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