Drivers license regulations could change for undocumented immigrantsUPDATED 9:59 PM HST Feb 04, 2014Video Transcript
latest state to make it EASIER for undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses. A senate bill favoring immigrants is now in play in the state senate. By some estimates there are 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Hawaii-- some of whom are driving illegally-- who could be affected. Advocates say in Arizona the move helped reduce the number of uninsured motorists on the road and could do the same here. RICHARD LI FACE 37:24-37: 35 - "WE THINK THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF OUR ROADS AND OUR COMMUNITIES AND WILL ALLOW MORE RESIDENTS TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY," Paola Rodelas can sympathize with the plight of undocumented immigrants because she was involved a crash a year after she became an American citizen. PAOLA RODELAS 55: 59 - 56 14: -"IT TURNED OUT THE DRIVER WAS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT AND MY FAMILY WAS LUCKY WE HAD UNINSURED MOTORIST INSURANCE BUT I CANT SAY THE SAME FOR THE OTHER THREE CARS THAT WERE INVOVLED IN THIS INCIDENT, A total of 11 other states including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have passed similar laws. The bill was introduced by Senators Will Espero and Kalani English who admit the bill faces some hurdles as hawaii is one of the states that has embraced the federal ID act which requires more documents. They hope language can be crafted to overcome the concerns. A similar bill was introduced in the house.