Enforcing the law is near impossible
It's that time of the year when many constituents express their frustration over the inability of police to do anything about irresponsible people setting off fireworks in total disregard of the law. Enforcement is near-impossible since the police must actually witness someone breaking the law.
Over the years, I have introduced bills to return the regulation of fireworks to the counties, where it rightfully belongs. After all, what may work on the Big Island may not work on O'ahu. Once again, I will be introducing legislation to ban fireworks in counties with a population of more than 500,000; however, the argument for an outright statewide ban becomes more compelling due to:
*A noticeable increase in the use of illegal fireworks, including aerials and highly explosive devices.
*A growing number of people who totally disregard the legal time period and set off fireworks at all hours.
*The desire of businesses to capitalize on the demand, allowing unlimited purchases.
*The increasing danger of storage and transit of illegal fireworks on the black market.
*The lack of supervision by adults, resulting in injuries and fires.
"Culture" is the main reason cited to keep this tradition alive. I don't know of any tradition that encourages the breaking of laws, depriving neighbors of their right to a safe and quiet community, and imposing great risks to pets and to those with health problems.
Rep. Roy Takumi District 36