One state senator wants to get rid of vehicle safety checks
Senator Maile Shimabukuro started a petition on moveon.org with a question: "Eliminate or modify state vehicle inspections?"
A petition that has gone viral. State Senator Maile Shimabukuro started a petition on moveon.org with a question: "Eliminate or modify state vehicle inspections?"
Almost 6,000 people signed the petition and Shimabukuro wants to get rid of safety checks officially.
"It turns out that studies have been done in many of the states that eliminated safety checks, actually it didn't make the roads any worse. Accident rates are about the same so it caused a lot of people to question if it's really necessary," Shimabukuro said.
She says safety checks don't keep anyone safe, and they are a waste of time.
"You have to go do your registration and you gotta do your safety check. How many times do you have to deal with all this paperwork for your car?" Shimabukuro said.
A strong opponent is the Department of Transportation.
"We do not support the elimination of the safety check program primarily because it’s there to help protect the users of the highway," Shelly Kunishige, DOT spokesperson, said.
The idea of getting rid of safety checks isn't new. A handful of bills in the past five years tried and failed.
"I think if the safety check program wasn't in place, we would possibly see people who might not even know they're driving tires that are prone to blow out and something else that might impact the ability to control the vehicle," Kunishige said.
Registration and insurance are the top two reasons for a failed safety check. Although those aren’t vehicle safety related, DOT says those factors are crucial to ensure highway safety.
Drivers like Tyler Jaime thinks safety checks do nothing.
"If we’re in Hawaii, there’s accidents everywhere already and I know a lot of people who don’t get it and still drive and are fine and people who do and things happen," Jaime said.
Shimabukuro hopes to reach an agreement.
"I definitely want to try and attack this from different prongs and see if we can try to eliminate it, maybe reduce the amount of time," she said.
We put out a poll on KITV's Instagram to see what you think. Of the 1,198 responses received in 24 hours, 78 percent want safety checks gone.