STAND. COM. REP. NO. 26
RE: S.B. No. 365
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation and Culture and the Arts, to which was referred S.B. No. 365 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(2) Establish fines.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the National Transportation Safety Board, Department of Transportation, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Hawaii, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Kauai, Hawaii Police Department, Honolulu Police Department, Hawai‘i Alcohol Policy Alliance, Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth, East Hawai‘i Drug-Free Coalition, and eighteen individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Wine Institute and one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Your Committee finds that impaired driving is a significant problem in Hawaii's communities, as intoxicated driving is the leading cause of traffic fatalities and impacts the lives of innocent people. In recent years, traffic fatalities increased across the State, with intoxicants such as alcohol becoming major factors. As blood alcohol concentration levels also change the behavior of those driving after drinking, the magnitude of impairment increased with increased blood alcohol concentration. Lowering the threshold for impaired driving brings the State one step closer to making Hawaii's roads safer for all users.
Your Committee has
amended this measure by:
that impairment can be identified through alcohol concentration measured in
the Department of Transportation to implement administrative actions against
any person found operating a motor vehicle while impaired;
(3) Inserting an effective date of January 1, 2024;
a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation and Culture and the Arts that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 365, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 365, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation and Culture and the Arts,
CHRIS LEE, Chair