Bill 7 (2018), which defines and criminalizes drifting or drift racing on all City streets and highways, was reported out of the Public Health, Safety, and Economic Development Committee for consideration for Third and Final Reading at the April 25, 2018 Council meeting. The bill imposes penalties and fines of up to $2000 and/or imprisonment for up to a year for drifting. Several testimonies submitted to the committee in February advocated for stricter penalties, including impoundment of vehicles and increased fines on motorists found guilty of violations.
High-Friction Surface Treatment Materials: My staff and I attended a videoconference last week that was organized by Paul Klink (Makiki NB #10 member) with Glyn Owen of Traffic Calming USA, an experienced manufacturer of the high-friction surface treatment (HFST) materials, and HPD, Dept. of Design & Construction and Dept. of Transportation Services representatives.
Mr. Owen responded to numerous questions posed by City officials about the durability, installation requirements and various other factors that could have contributed to poor performance of similar products during the 2008 and 2015 demonstration projects on Tantalus. I hope that Mr. Owen and his company will be invited by City representatives to conduct a new pilot project that can demonstrate how his product has been used successfully in other cities with similar climates as Hawaii (e.g., Miami Beach and Southern California).
Alternative racing venues for ‘drifting’: Resolution 18-73 – Motor Vehicle Racetrack or Raceway Park (introduced by Councilmember Kobayashi), was heard and adopted by the Council’s Parks, Community and Customer Services Committee on April 17, 2018. It urges the City administration to facilitate the development of a racetrack or raceway park on Oahu, and received strong support from members of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Rainbow Warrior Racing (SAE Racing Team), and other sports car enthusiasts. It is pending review by the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. I encourage Makiki/Tantalus residents and bicycling enthusiasts to support this much-needed facility to replace the hazardous racing, drifting and other illegal activities.