Yup, we’d like to move on beyond Hawaii too, but the state just doesn’t seem to like car electronics this year.
After seeking to all but ban car audio systems, Hawaii’s got another bill awaiting a hearing in the House Transportation Committee to make it illegal to install or use a car alarm as of January 1, 2012. And it would mandate that drivers disable their current alarms!
This bill HB63 was first introduced on January 20 and has been referred to two committees. No hearing has been scheduled yet in the committees.
The act would fine anyone whose car alarm goes off “for any period of time” not more than $100. Fines go up to $250 on the fourth violation, $375 on the fifth violation and $500 on the sixth or subsequent violation. (It’s like a tax to use a car alarm).
The act also specifically states that “Beginning on January 1, 2012, no motor vehicle alarm system or feature of an alarm system that emits an audible sound may be installed in a motor vehicle in the State. No later than January 1, 2012, all motor vehicle alarm systems or features of alarm systems that emit an audible sound that have been installed prior to that date shall be uninstalled or disabled.”