Emergency workers all over Hawai'i are pleased that Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently signed House Bill 2030 into law. The "Move Over" bill was cosponsored by Rep. George Fontaine (Kihei, Wailea) and 16 other legislators.
The new law comes in the wake of the tragic deaths of Honolulu police officers Eric Fontes, killed last September during a Farrington Highway traffic stop, and Garret Davis, killed this January while assisting a stalled motorist on the H-1.
During the session, Rep. Fontaine spoke on the House floor in support of HB 2030.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently signed the “Move Over” Bill into law, which is effective immediately.
"It would seem common sense that people would slow down and move out of the way of a public servant doing his duty," said Rep. Fontaine. "With this bill, we will ensure the safety and the protection of lives of our law enforcement and service personnel."
Rep. Fontaine is a retired Maui Police Department captain and the only former police officer in the Legislature.
HB 2030 took effect immediately upon Gov. Abercrombie's signature as Act 318. Hawai'i had been the only state in the union to not have a "move over" law.