Motor Vehicles

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.


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Child Passenger Restraints and Seatbelts

291-11.5 Child passenger restraints.

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.

External Resource

Driving Under the Influence


The total number of OVUII arrests by the Honolulu Police Department in 2013 was 4,748.


291E-61 (OVUII) Operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant

MADD Hawaii

291-11.6 Mandatory use of seat belts.

All occupants must be restrained (EFFECTIVE 5/20/2013).

Click It or Ticket

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.

Speed Kills

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
Excessive Speeding
30+ miles over posted speed
Excessive Speed 81 MPH Court
Racing Court
Reckless Driving Court
Equipment Related
Blue Lights Prohibited Court
Illegal Tint $287/Window
Reconstruction Permit $70
Criminal Cases
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:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be resident of the city and county of Honolulu
  • Be least 21 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or hold an equivalent GED certificate
  • Possess a valid State of Hawaii driver's license
  • Pass a criminal history and background investigation
  • Complete an oral interview
  • Meet the qualifications for a special police commission

Contact Information

If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, call HPD's Disabled Parking Enforcement Program Office at 723-3412.

Mobile Electronic Device

Last revised: October 16, 2017

HRS 291C-137: Mobile electronic devices

(a)  No person shall operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device.


(b)  The use of a mobile electronic device for the sole purpose of making a “911” emergency communication shall be an affirmative defense to this law.


(c)  No person under eighteen years of age shall operate a motor vehicle while utilizing a hands-free mobile electronic device, except for the sole purpose of making a “911” emergency communication.


ROH 15-24.23: Mobile electronic devices - Pedestrian

(a)  No person shall operate a vehicle while using a mobile electronic device.


(b)  No person shall cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device. (Effective on Oct 25, 2017)


(c)  The use of a mobile electronic device for the sole purpose of making a “911” emergency communications shall be an affirmative defense to any citation for violation of this section.


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