Safety-check reminders halted because...

Safety-check reminders halted because of costs - Hawaii News

There are 51 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 8, 2009, titled Safety-check reminders halted because of costs - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

QUESTION: Why doesn't the city send drivers a reminder of when their safety stickers are going to expire? I just got a $70 fine for an expired safety sticker that I didn't even know had expired.

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Braindead

Troy, MI

#1 Sep 8, 2009
I just got a $70 fine for an expired safety sticker that I didn't even know had expired. Had I known, I would have gone to get a new one.
What is really scary is that this person drives and votes.
No wonder

Baden, Austria

#2 Sep 8, 2009
Duh, long time cost cut measure; about 15 years.....Government memory stimulation?
you deserve it

Honolulu, HI

#3 Sep 8, 2009
don't whine about it. ignorance isn't an excuse.
SB Reader

Belleville, MI

#4 Sep 8, 2009
Its time, again, for drivers to take responsibility for their behavior. Citing memory lapse is a cop out. A point penalty on the registered owner's DMV record will certainly stimulate memories. Harsh? We're dealing with people who don't give a fig about the safety and welfare of others.
yep

San Diego, CA

#5 Sep 8, 2009
headlight checks seems to be a new trend in safety inspections

they could tell say you need a headlight adjustment and tack some bucks on top

might be legal, but they can be pretty tick tack
bad dog

Honolulu, HI

#6 Sep 8, 2009
here's the new deal: in the morning when you walk to the back of your auto to get the drugs and bodies out of your trunk. you check the rear bumper to see if you are breaking the law with an expired safety sticker.
whoknows

San Diego, CA

#7 Sep 8, 2009
Don't you wash your car? I bet your cellphone give reminders, get reminded. And for years there is thing hanging on the wall called a calendar, use it as a reminder pad. But don't go wah wah when you get a ticket for not being responsible.
easy check

Wahiawa, HI

#8 Sep 8, 2009
Safety check stations are a really big rip off. I go to get a safety check at my favorite spot in xxxxxxx and it passes automatically. They just look at your face and the car passes. Its a big joke . If they know you, then no safety check is made. Just slap on the sticker.

Who is checking on the stations?
Bob

Santa Barbara, CA

#9 Sep 8, 2009
I wish I could be more intelligent commenting on Hawaii issues, but...

Here in California, we have to have our cars smog checked every other year. We do not have a safety check, though it sounds like a good idea.

Anyway, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sends out a notice along with the Vehicle Registration Renewal forms. The vehicle license will not be renewed unless the smog check has been performed. Further, the smog inspections stations transmit the test results directly to the DMV via their computer. We can also sign on to the DMV web site and pay our license fees there and they know if the car has passed the smog check.

I don't know Hawaii's system; but, it seems as if Hawaii could adopt some type of similar system. Computers make everything easier these days, I think. At the very least, Hawaii's system could offer email notification which would cost nothing after initial set-up...
Need more tickets

Honolulu, HI

#10 Sep 8, 2009
I see plenty of cars that do not have current safety check stickers. There should be more tickets issued to these people.
Beware

Kihei, HI

#11 Sep 8, 2009
Get your safety checks at Kalihi's Firestone Tires. They honest and fast. Koko Marina's service station on Lunalilo Home Road is a ripoff. They like to slightly adjust your headlights and add a sneaky extra charge even though you know it passed at other stations for years. C'mon Costco, open a gas station and put these bastids out of business.
George Bush

Redwood City, CA

#12 Sep 8, 2009
Safety Check= RIPOFF What a joke just another way people of Hawaii get taken by thieves.
no_need

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#13 Sep 8, 2009
you mean to tell me that people actually get cited for having an expired safety sticker? could have fooled me ... there are tons of bumpers around the island with expired stickers dating back several months to an entire year.
lol

Hauula, HI

#14 Sep 8, 2009
We NEED notices, it's too difficult to look at the mandatory bumper sticker with a number corresponding to the month of the year it expires. You know how hard it is too look at the number "8" and figure out it expires in the end of August. It takes me a whole year to figure it out. No we need to spend our tax money to send out notices. So smart intelligent people won't get fine $70.
alarmclock

Kilauea, HI

#15 Sep 8, 2009
SB Reader wrote:
Its time, again, for drivers to take responsibility for their behavior. Citing memory lapse is a cop out. A point penalty on the registered owner's DMV record will certainly stimulate memories. Harsh? We're dealing with people who don't give a fig about the safety and welfare of others.
Memory lapse is a valid concern. I speak from experience. And I care about the safety of myself and others, but I have a lot of other more important things to remember (my spouse's birthday for example) than the date I last had my vehicle safety inspected, or even to just to look at my bumper every month. So, here is my solution: Along with the little sticker that goes on the bumper, you get an extra one you can stick somewhere you'll see it regularly. On your dashboard. On your fuzzy dice. Middle of your steering wheel. In your daily planner. Wherever you'll see it. If you're like me you'll probably stop seeing it after a week anyway, but perhaps it will save a few people with missing brain cells or incomplete synapses a few bucks. How much could that cost? A lot less than mailing a whole reminder card to people.
whoknows

San Diego, CA

#16 Sep 8, 2009
Bob wrote:
I wish I could be more intelligent commenting on Hawaii issues, but...
Here in California, we have to have our cars smog checked every other year. We do not have a safety check, though it sounds like a good idea.
Anyway, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sends out a notice along with the Vehicle Registration Renewal forms. The vehicle license will not be renewed unless the smog check has been performed. Further, the smog inspections stations transmit the test results directly to the DMV via their computer. We can also sign on to the DMV web site and pay our license fees there and they know if the car has passed the smog check.
I don't know Hawaii's system; but, it seems as if Hawaii could adopt some type of similar system. Computers make everything easier these days, I think. At the very least, Hawaii's system could offer email notification which would cost nothing after initial set-up...
Actually in Hawaii, when registrations are sent out there is a box on it that tells you when your safety check expires and if you dont have it by the date your registration is due, you cannot register your car. So that person is just plain irresponsible and if it is after your registration is due, you as the owner, should remind yourself, somehow, someway and if you take your car in for regular maintenance, they also remind you, so there really no excuse, that person is just plain irresponsible. Good for them, pay the damn fine.
Brokanic

Wahiawa, HI

#17 Sep 8, 2009
The Safety Inspector is a reflection of his mechanics. The public quickly knows who can spin wrenches for profit and who technicians are.
Safety Check

San Diego, CA

#18 Sep 8, 2009
I personally don't think it's the city's responsibility to remind drivers of when their Safety Checks are expiring. I always jot the date down in my calendar, just like I do everytime I change the oil in my car and besides, doesn't anyone look at their stickers at least a few times a year?

That is definitely a government waste!
realmerv

Honolulu, HI

#19 Sep 8, 2009
Bob wrote:
I wish I could be more intelligent commenting on Hawaii issues, but...
Here in California, we have to have our cars smog checked every other year. We do not have a safety check, though it sounds like a good idea.
Anyway, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sends out a notice along with the Vehicle Registration Renewal forms. The vehicle license will not be renewed unless the smog check has been performed. Further, the smog inspections stations transmit the test results directly to the DMV via their computer. We can also sign on to the DMV web site and pay our license fees there and they know if the car has passed the smog check.
I don't know Hawaii's system; but, it seems as if Hawaii could adopt some type of similar system. Computers make everything easier these days, I think. At the very least, Hawaii's system could offer email notification which would cost nothing after initial set-up...
We don't need a smog check here in Hilo since we don't have smog. We do have VOG though but we all know it is caused by Kilauea Volcano and isn't caused by our cars.

Maybe you should push your California legislature to require car safety checks too as a money maker for your service stations.
safety check

Honolulu, HI

#20 Sep 8, 2009
hpd should concentrate on not the expired safety checks but the expired registrations. See lots of green and yellow ones on the road daily on the morning commute, aren't those 2 or 3 years old? Doesn't take a brain to realize theres no insurance also on these cars.....if they are pulling you over for a safety check violation maybe it was for one more than a couple of months.....

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