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Motorcycle safety driving legislation to sign new shoulder lane law

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HONOLULU -

A bill allowing motorcycles to use shoulder lanes is now law without the governor's signature, but only when the Department of Transportation says so.

For motorcyclists, the satisfying sound of a revving engine may have met its match.

"I'm very happy about this," Austan Tyra, motorcyclist said. 

House Bill 2589 allows motorcycles in the shoulder lane for hog riders in Hawaii. 

"It's the highest per capita for motorcycle ridership and it certainly makes sense out here," Brendon Kane, Cycle City, general sales manager said. 

It was one of the items on Ige's list of bills he's letting become law without his signature. 

For many riders, it's a long-time coming and could be a game changer for all motorists.

"If there's less of us on the road and make everybody's commute a whole lot quicker," Kane said. 

Cutting down on drive times and reducing the risks on the road. 

"Not only is it a safety issue but we certainly wanna save time in traffic. You know it doesn't make sense to a lot of us and possibly reducing the risks on the road," Kane said. 

One more lane for motorcycles which could mean one less accident.

"Knowing that you can maneuver around these vehicles but not being able to, it's a pain," Tyra said. 

Ige cites safety as the top priority but says there's still detailed that need to be ironed out. One of the major details designated which shoulder lanes will be accessible for motorcycles aside from the ones that already exist: H-1 Freeway east and west bound in the morning and evening. 

The DOT will evaluate what other spots could be shoulder accessible. 

So currently, the shoulder lanes are unavailable to motorcyclists. The law takes effect January, 1, 2019. 

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