THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            44
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONDUCT A
    STUDY OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CELLULAR PHONE USE.
 


 1        WHEREAS, a 1998 report of the National Highway Traffic
 2   Safety Administration (NTSA) found that talking on a cellular
 3   telephone while driving increases the risk of having a crash,
 4   although better accident reporting is needed before officials
 5   can say by how much; and
 6   
 7        WHEREAS, a 1997 article in the New England Journal of
 8   Medicine found that using a car phone while driving quadruples
 9   the risk of an accident, and making a call with hands-free car
10   phones is just as dangerous; and
11   
12        WHEREAS, the NTSA has stated that driver inattention is
13   already a factor in half of all auto accidents, and things can
14   only be expected to get worse with the use of cellular phones
15   while driving; and
16   
17        WHEREAS, the NTSA has found that the biggest problem is
18   lack of solid information on how many crashes involve cellular
19   phones and other equipment, and that a review of traffic
20   accident reports from several states show that cellular phone
21   use is a growing factor in crashes; and
22   
23        WHEREAS, the State Department of Transportation (DOT) has
24   jurisdiction over state highways, and state public roads and
25   streets pursuant to sections 264-1, and 264-41 to 264-43,
26   Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS); and
27   
28        WHEREAS, the DOT also has responsibility for highway,
29   road, and street safety through the State Highway Safety
30   Council, pursuant to section 286-5, HRS, and county traffic or
31   highway safety councils, pursuant to section 286-6, HRS; and
32   
33        WHEREAS, using a cellular phone while driving means that a
34   driver has only one hand on the wheel and has the driver's mind
35   on the conversation rather than the road, creating a hazard to

 
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 1   the motoring public; and 
 2   
 3        WHEREAS, the legislature needs to have:
 4   
 5        (1)  Current and reliable statistics, to the extent
 6             possible, to assess the impact of cellular phone use
 7             on traffic accidents; and
 8   
 9        (2)  Information concerning what other states are doing,
10             if anything, about addressing the impact of cellular
11             phone use on traffic accidents, including
12             legislation, if any;
13   
14   now, therefore,
15   
16        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
17   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2000, the House of
18   Representatives concurring, that the DOT is requested to
19   conduct a study of traffic accidents involving cellular phone
20   use, including but not limited to:
21   
22        (1)  Statistics, statewide and by county;
23   
24        (2)  What measures other states have taken to address the
25             problem of cellular phone use and traffic accidents,
26             including any legislation; and
27   
28        (3)  Findings and recommendations relating to what should
29             be done in Hawaii to mitigate, deter, or prohibit the
30             use of cellular phones while driving a motor vehicle;
31   
32   and
33   
34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the various county police
35   departments and transportation agencies cooperate with the DOT
36   for purposes of this study by providing statistics,
37   information, reports, and recommendations; and
38   
39        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the DOT report its findings
40   and recommendations to the legislature twenty days prior to the
41   convening of the Regular Session of 2001; and
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 2   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of
 3   Transportation, the Police Chief of each county police
 4   department, and the transportation department or agency of each
 5   county.
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