Occupant Protection

PROTECTING VEHICLE OCCUPANTS (2013-2017)

Strategies

policy

Support Legislation to ban passengers from riding in the back of pick-up trucks

Status: Early Progress

Support Universal Seat Belt Law

Status: On-going

Enhance penalties, including community service, for repeat offenders of seat belt and child passenger safety laws

Status: Early Progress

Lobby to include negligence in seat belt and child passenger safety laws

Status: Not Started

Amend seat belt and child passenger safety laws to require that children under 13 y.o. ride in back seat

Status: Early Progress

Support Legislation to create Occupant Protection fund, to be funded a surcharge on traffic citations

Status: Not Started

Provide immunity from liability for child safety seat instructors and technicians

Status: Early Progress

Add requirement of violator class to work at community event or child safety seat inspection

Status: Not Started

Increase the current tax credit for child safety seats or the number of credits for families with more than one child

Status: Not Started

education

Continue to maintain a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Coordinator in each County

Status: Substantial Progress

Obtain permanent funding to maintain and expand the number of child safety seat inspection stations statewide (2)

Status: Not Started

Educate older drivers about seat belt and child passenger safety laws

Status: On-going

Work with high schools to develop public service messages for students and collateral materials for use in school newsletters and newspapers

Status: On-going

Outreach and education to increase restraint and seat belt use through media, community activities and education

Status: On-going

Establish a Traffic Safety Coordinator position in each County

Status: On-going

Continue support from the DOH through the Injury Prevention Program to keep traffic related safety-injury prevention a public health priority.

Status: On-going

Develop a statewide occupant protection committee to meet regularly to ensure a comprehensive statewide program

Status: Complete

Maintain national certification of child passenger safety teachers in the judiciary to meet national standards to ensure that the most current child-passenger safety information is being taught

Status:  On-going

Include items in Drivers License Exam on occupant protection in regards to restraint use and distracted driving

Status: Not Started

Continue to work closely with rental car agencies to distribute information about Hawaii’s seat belt and child passenger safety laws

Status: Early Progress

Create point-of-entry signs to remind visitors about Hawaii’s occupant protection laws, with increased emphasis on child passenger safety

Status: Early Progress

Provide resources for child passenger safety initiatives

Status:  On-going

enforcement

Continue support of law enforcement to continue their enforcement and education efforts, with emphasis on night time enforcement.

Status: Substantial Progress

Include occupant-protection training as part of in-service training for all police officers and recruits (2)

Status: On-going

Fund annual occupant-protection surveys in cooperation with the four county police departments

Status: Not Started

Data

Use survey results to overcome barriers to non-use of child safety seats and seat belts.  Identify high-risk groups and target educational campaigns to these groups.

Status: Early Progress

Survey offenders to determine reasons for non-use of child safety seats and seat belts

Status: Early Progress

Improve and publicize central clearinghouse of occupant protection initiatives and events statewide

Status: On-going

Add an occupant protection question for the Department of Health’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the Department of Education’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey and review data to assess changes

Status: On-going

Conduct occupant protection assessment and support recommendations

Status: On-going