PURPOSE: This policy is written to maximize the safety of drivers, passengers, and the public when vehicles are driven for First Assembly of God purposes.
SCOPE: This policy applies to First Assembly of God employees and volunteers who drive the Church vehicles.
Employees and volunteers who meet the following eligibility criteria shall be authorized to drive for First Assembly of God purposes, subject to the procurement
(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, no person shall operate a motor vehicle upon any public highway unless the person is restrained by a seat belt assembly and all passengers in the front or back seat of the motor vehicle are restrained by a seat belt assembly or are restrained pursuant to section 291-11.5 if under the age of four.
(a) Children under four years of age must be in an approved child passenger restraint system when in a vehicle being operated on a public highway in the state of Hawaii.
(b) The driver is responsible to make sure the child is properly restrained. Emergency, commercial (CDL vehicle), and mass transit vehicles are exempt.
(c) Children should be kept rear-facing until the height or weight maximum of a rear-facing seat is reached. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children ride rear-facing until the age of 2.
As of January 1, 2007, children ages 4 through 7 years old are required to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat when traveling in a motor vehicle. The only exemptions are if the child is over 4 feet, 9 inches tall, or if the vehicle has lap-only seat belts in the rear seats and the child is over forty pounds.
A child under 4' 9" is generally too small for an adult seat belt. The adult seat belt rides up over a child's stomach and the shoulder belt cuts across the neck, potentially causing critical or even fatal injuries during a crash. The lap belt should fit low and snug on the hips and the shoulder strap should not cross over the face or neck.
When children outgrow child restraints with a harness, between 40 and 65 lbs. depending on seat weight limit, they should be restrained in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit in an adult seat belt (approximately 80 lbs. and 4'9" tall).
A Hawaii State tax credit of $25 per year applies to the purchase of a booster or child safety seat. The driver will be held responsible for compliance with the law. Violators of Hawaii's Child Passenger Restraint Law are required to attend a 4-hour class and may be assessed a fine of between $100 to $500, depending upon the number of offenses.
Each year, more than 700 children between the ages of 4 and 7 years old are involved in major car crashes in Hawaii. Statistics show that children restrained by seat belts are at least 50 percent more at risk for injury than children placed in a child safety seat or booster seat.
First Assembly of God will provide one booster seat per van. Infant car seats/carriers need to be provided by the parent or guardian.
The following forms are required for all drivers:
If you have not submitted these yet, please download the PDF files above, print them out, and turn in the completed forms to the administrator.