Safety Laws in HawaiiPage Overview
All riders less than 18 years old must wear a helmet.
All riders under 16 years old must don a helmet.
Helmets are required for all riders under 18 years old.
Texting while driving is banned for all drivers, regardless of age.
Drivers younger than 18 years old are also banned from talking on cell phones. Those older than this age range may use hands-free mobile devices to talk.
- Daytime use is NOT required for motorcycles.
- There are no mandatory headlight laws for cars or trucks.
Hawaii does not employ a statewide DUI reporting net. If you suspect s driver of being drunk or unfit to be on the road, dial 911. Try to include the driver's license plate number and which direction he or she is headed.
A person can be be slapped with a second-degree misdemeanor for injuring a minor. But due to the law's vagueness, it is rarely used as a detriment against parents or guardians leaving children unattended in cars. Hawaii's state legislature has been debating tightening the screws on this law, but as of now lacks the strength of consensus.
If you suspect an unattended child is in danger, call 911 and remain with the vehicle until authorities arrive.
Hawaii does not possess a law against leaving pets unattended in cars. If you suspect a pet is in danger, dial 911 and remain with the vehicle until authorities arrive.
Wearing seat belts is mandatory for all occupants. This applies to front and back seat occupants, regardless of age.
- All kids under 4 years old must be secured in a Federally-approved child safety seat.
- All kids between 4 to 8 years old (under 8 years old) must ride in either a booster seat or a car seat. Kids 4'9'' tall or taller or those riding in vehicles with lap-only seat belts in rear seats are exempt.
- All kids too old for safety seats must wear a seat belt.
You may shop online for a child car seat at any time. When ordering, be sure the car seat matches your child's height, weight and age.
If caught in violation you can be slugged with a stiff fine and be forced to attend a 4-hour class.
The state allows a $25 tax break, per year, towards the purchase of a federally-approved child safety seat.Other Topics in This Section
- Traffic Alerts
- 511 Traffic Systems
- Tire Recalls
- Safety Laws
- How Emotions Affect Driving
- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
- Seniors: When To Turn Over The Car Keys
- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It