Summary: Hawaii's bicycle helmet law.
Hawaii The 20th State Legislature
1999 HI H 1783
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
STATE OF HAWAII
H.B. NO 1763 H.D. 2
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO BICYCLES
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 291C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part XIII to be appropriately
designated and to read follows:
" [A> Section 291C- Bicycle helmets. (a) No person under sixteen years of age shall operate a bicycle upon a street,
bikeway, or any other public property unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that
has been tested by a nationally recognized agency such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the
National Safety Council, or the Children's Safety Network, and is designed to fit the user and protect against head
trauma. This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached
to the bicycle or who rides in a trailer towed by the bicycle.
[A> (b) A person who provides bicycles for hire shall not rent a bicycle to any person unless every person who is
under age sixteen is wearing a bicycle helmet, as required in subsection (a), while operating the rented bicycle,
occupying a restraining seat that is attached to the rented bicycle, or riding in a trailer towed by the rented
[A> (c) A violation of this section is punishable by a fine of not more than SZ5. The parent or legal guardian having
control or custody of an unemancipated minor whose conduct violates this section shall be liable for the amount of the
fine imposed pursuant to this section.
[A> (d) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the fines collected for a violation of this section shall be paid
into the state treasury to the credit of the state general fund.
SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that
were begun, before its effective date.
SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored
Note: not here! It is quoted instead. - BHSI
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on January l, 2001