The Move Over Law
Last revised: January 25, 2013
HRS 291C-27 Emergency vehicle stopped for emergencies; duty of approaching vehicle
A driver of a vehicle that is approaching an emergency vehicle (police, fire, ambulance, ocean safety vehicle, freeway service patrol, or a tow truck) that is stopped with flashing emergency lights shall:
(1) Slow down to a reasonable speed and
(2) Make a lane change into the adjacent lane if necessary and if it is safe to do so, or if possible, to two lanes over which leaves one lane between the driver and the emergency vehicle.
Child Passenger Restraints and Seatbelts
Child Booster Seat Guidelines
As of January 1, 2007, children ages 4 through 7 years old are required to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat when traveling in a motor vehicle. The only exemptions are if the child is over 4 feet, 9 inches tall, or if the vehicle has lap-only seat belts in the rear seats and the child weighs more than 40 lbs.
A child under 4' 9" is generally too small for an adult seat belt. The adult seat belt rides up over a child's stomach and the shoulder belt cuts across the neck, potentially causing critical or even fatal injuries during a crash.
A Hawaii State tax credit of $25 per year applies to the purchase of a booster or child safety seat. The driver will be held responsible for compliance with the law. Violators of Hawaii's Child Passenger Restraint Law are required to attend a 4-hour class and may be assessed a fine of between $100 to $500, depending upon the number of offenses.
Each year, more than 700 children between the ages of 4 and 7 years old are involved in major car crashes in Hawaii. Statistics show that children restrained by seat belts are at least 50 percent more at risk for injury than children placed in a child safety seat or booster seat.
Driving Under the Influence
The total number of OVUII arrests by the Honolulu Police Department in 2012 was 4,909.
There was 477 motor vehicle collisions where illegal drugs or alcohol were involved.
All occupants must be restrained (EFFECTIVE 5/20/2013).
Click It or Ticket is an annual nationwide enforcement campaign to crack down on seat belt nonuse and to reduce highway fatalities. The program started in North Carolina in 1993. By 2004 the program the program reached all 50 states and the US Territories.
Excessive speed is a contributing factor in more than half of Oahu's traffic fatalities.
Don't get tagged
|Speed Related Penalties|
|Speeding 1-10 miles over||$57 + $5/mile|
|Speeding 11-29 miles over||$67 + $5/mile|
|Basic Speed Rule||$157|
|Exhibition of Speed||Court|
30+ miles over posted speed
|Excessive Speed 81 MPH||Court|
|Blue Lights Prohibited||Court|
|Negligent Injury||Up to 5 years in jail|
|Negligent Homicide||Up to 10 years in jail|
Disabled Parking Enforcement Program
The Disabled Parking Enforcement Program comprises of volunteers from around the island under the direct supervision of a sergeant.
Volunteer Special Enforcement Officers assist the Honolulu Police Department with enforcement of disabled parking laws.
Volunteers patrol near their home, get paid mileage and work a flexible schedule. HPD provides FREE uniforms and equipment. We just ask for a minimum of 20 hours per month or 5 hours a week.
Requirements for Volunteers
Interested in becoming a volunteer? You must:
If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, call HPD's Disabled Parking Enforcement Program Office at 723-3412.