Kauai residents debate hiker rescue bill

Kauai residents debate hiker rescue bill

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Hikers who ignore safety warning signs may have to pay the costs associated with their rescue under a new measure.

The Garden Island reports members of the public testified Wednesday on Bill 2589, which would allow government agencies involved in search-and-rescue operations to seek reimbursement from people who blatantly disregard safety warnings and notices.

At the meeting, Kauai residents questioned what did and did not constitute negligence under the bill. They wondered if someone who happened to take a wrong turn would have to pay their recovery fees.

Kauai County Councilman Mason Chock, who introduced the bill, said the purpose of the bill is to identify those who intentionally disregard their own safety.

The measure goes to the Public Safety Committee Wednesday.

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