New seat belt law causing confrontations on the road

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Just about every vehicle on the road has them — seat belts. But is everyone using them? They’re supposed to the governor made it official less than a month ago requiring both front and back seat passengers to buckle up.

“I don’t move the car until I hear the clicking going on and everyone is seat belted in,” cab driver Debbie Buono said.

But TheCab driver Debbie Buono says convincing her paying passengers has been a tough sell.

“If they refuse I don’t move the car, either they can put the seat belt on or hand me $92 in cash, their choice,” Buono said.

The price $92 is the ticket handed to the driver for each person not wearing a seat belt and most passengers are getting the message.

“The minute I got into the cab they told me to wear a seat belt other wise they would get fined,” Taxi cab driver Mathieu Laplant said.

“We went from my son’s house to a restaurant and the man said please buckle up,” taxi cab rider Sue Lee said.

Between May 20 and June 2 — Honolulu Police gave 578 seat belt tickets & 32 citations for no child restraint.

TheCab president Howard Higa says one of his drivers had to pay the price for a passenger who did not buckle up.

“I think it’s a good law, but it has some flaws,” TheCab President Howard Higa said.

He wants service vehicles like taxi’s — to have passengers pay and not the driver.

“I don’t want my driver looking in the back seat every minute or so making sure their passenger has their seat belt is buckled,” Higa said.

To make it easier on his employees Higa gave the placards out to drivers.

“Printed in Japanese, also huge amount of Koreans who don’t know English at all so we did Japanese and Korean,” Higa said.

Explaining to passengers that the law says … buckle up.

Senator Clayton Hee who helped push through this law says the bottom line is, drivers are the ones behind the wheel — so they must enforce seat belt use or pay.

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