Lying down at the bus stop could carry a fineUPDATED 6:47 PM HST Mar 02, 2014Video Transcript
You might have to fork over some cash if you are caught lying down at a bus stop... That's in a bill going through the state legislature becomes law. The bill passed the Hawaii House of Representatives ... but some see it as a step back for those without homes. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports. 27 38 52 58 If you lie down at a bus stop in a way that obstructs the use or access of the stop you could be cited for disorderly conduct. Some bus riders say they see people all the time using the bus bench as shelter.not waiting for public transportation... many times lying down and taking up seats for actual riders. 1225 SOMETIMES OLDER PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO SIT WHEN THEY ARE WAITING FOR A BUS OR HANDICAPPED PEOPLE THAT DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE A WHEELCHAIR LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REST ON A BENCH IF SOMEONE IS TAKING UP SEVERAL SPOTS1239 JANE ZEIGER 2601 THE BENCH IS THERE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC TO TAKE THE BUS 2604 IT'S NOT A SLEEPING DEVICE IF YOU ARE TIRED AND NEED TO LAY DOWN FOR A FEW MINUTES WHILE WAITING FOR BUS OK BUT NOT OVER NIGHT ITS NOT A HOUSE ITS JUST SHELTER FROM THE RAIN AND THE SUN 16 BRIDGE: 2410 THE FINE FOR THE VIOLATION WOULD BE 50 DOLLARS ITS AN AMOUNT THAT SOME SAY IS UNREASONABLE. 2417 253 50 DOLLARS FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY BE SLEEPING AT A BUS STOP 257 IT COULD BE SOMEONE WHO WAS TIRED WHO WORKED ALL NIGHT AND THEY ARE SLEEPING AND THE POLICE HAVE THE OBLIGATION TO FOLLOW THE LAW 300 Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness of any state... according to a 2012 report by the Homeless Research Institute... and some think the ordinance will only make situations harder for the homeless just looking for some shelter. 445 I KNOW MANY OF THEM DON'T WANT TO BE HOMELESS AND SOME OF THEM ARE DOWN ON THEIR LUCK AND LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET OUT OF THEIR RUT I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE WAY TO HELP THEM GET OUT OF THE SITUATION THEY ARE IN .57 Representative James Tokioka was one of the lawmakers that voted against the bill.. He says it would be better for the city to deal with the problem. The bill will be heard by the Senate next. If it becomes law.... The rule could be enforced as soon as July 1st.