HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have given out dozens of citations to drivers who have failed to obey Hawaii's "Move Over" law. New numbers show that HPD has issued 119 citations since the law began six months ago. 62 tickets were handed out in December alone.
"You have seen some people complying with the law and moving over and giving them that room, but it's not uncommon to see people that are still speeding right past the officers," said Maj. Kurt Kendro of the Honolulu Police Department.
A judge determines whether the penalty for drivers who violate the law is a fine or a sentence. Enforcing the traffic crime is tough since officers are usually busy at the scene. Authorities are reminding people to move over to leave one lane between the driver and the stopped emergency vehicle, whether it's for police, firefighters, an ambulance or a tow truck.
"If it's not possible, or if it's just a two lane roadway, we're asking people to slow down to what's reasonably prudent for that area. I mean, a residential street, you can slow down to five or 10 miles an hour," Kendro said.
The state is still trying to educate people about the new law to protect emergency responders. Legislators took action after Officer Garret Davis, 28, was killed last January when a truck plowed into his patrol car on the H-1 Freeway. He had stopped to help a stranded driver. Monday marked the one-year anniversary of Davis' death. After the crash, police arrested Scott Ebert for negligent homicide, then released him pending further investigation. Davis' sister and mother are waiting for the case to move forward.
"Amanda and her mom would like to see the suspect face justice, and that would bring, if not closure, some sort of resolution," said Isaac Stevens, Davis' brother-in-law.
"It's not unusual for it to take this long. We wanted to make sure that we did everything that we could so that we can successfully prosecute this case. We're hoping that it will move forward to grand jury action next," explained Kendro.