HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

604

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO VISION ZERO.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that vision zero is a traffic safety program that seeks to end traffic deaths and serious injuries.

The legislature further finds that the idea originated in Sweden, which adopted vision zero as a national policy in 1997 and by 2013 had achieved a record low of road accident fatalities. In 2000, the state of Washington became the first in the United States to adopt the program and to set an aggressive goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Washington reported that the state averaged twenty-two fewer traffic fatalities and eighty fewer serious injuries each year from 2002 to 2011.

The legislature finds that many of the country's large cities, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC, and certain states, including Maryland, North Dakota, and North Carolina, have adopted vision zero or similar programs. The Federal Highway Administration is also committed to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, adopting a policy called "toward zero deaths."

The purpose of this Act is to require the department of transportation to adopt and implement a vision zero program.

SECTION 2. Chapter 286, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"286- Vision zero program. (a) The department of transportation shall implement a vision zero program by July 1, 2022.

(b) The goal of the vision zero program shall be to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Hawaii by 2030.

(c) The department of transportation, in conjunction with the counties, shall take the necessary steps to implement the program.

(d) The director of transportation may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 for the purposes of this section.

(e) No later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session, the department of transportation shall submit a report to the legislature on the progress made toward the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

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

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

DOT; Vision Zero

 

Description:

Requires the Department of Transportation to implement a vision zero program in Hawaii by 7/1/2022. Establishes a goal of no traffic fatalities or serious injuries by 2030.

 

 

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