Fatal electric bike crash raises calls for regulations

ACCORDRDING TO PICE, THE BOY WAS HEADING WEST ON WAIPAHU STREET….WHEN HE REAR-ENDED AN S-U-V, WHICH CAUSED HIM TO VEER INTO THE EAST- BOUND LANE, WHERE HE WAS HIT BY A PICKUP TRUCK. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION WHERE HE DIED. POLICE SAY, HE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AND MAY HAVE BEEN SPEEDING. EXPERTS SAY THE ELECTRIC BIKES ARE GAINING POPULARITY BUT SHOULD BE USED WITH CAUTION. KRISTY TAMASHIRO HAS THE STORY. KRISTY: "THESE ELECTRIC BIKES ARE MOTORIZED AND CAN GO UP TO 28 MILES PER HOUR. EXPERTS TELL ME ANYONE 18 AND OVER CAN GET A REGISTRATION AND BICYCLE LAWS APPLY." NATS: BIKE SPEEDING OFF REESE: THEY ONLY MAKE IT GO SO FAST FOR THAT SAFETY ASPECT." ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE…THERE HAVE BEEN DEADLY CRASHES INVOLVING THESE E- BIKES. LAST DECEMBER, A 53- YEAR-OLD MILILANI WOMAN DIED AFTER FALLING OFF HER E-BIKE. AND LAST MONTH..10 AND 12-YEAR-OLD BOY WERE IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR WHILE RIDING AN E-BIKE. ON SUNDAY, A 13-YEAR- OLD BOY'S LIFE WAS CUT SHORT AFTER VEERING INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC IN WAIPAHU.

EXPERTS SAY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR ALL DRIVERS TO FOLLOW THE RULES. REESE: "YOU HAVE TO BE 18 YEARS AND OLDER TO HAVE A BIKE REGISTERED SO WE DON'T TYPICALLY SELL THEM TO KIDS." THE HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT TELLS ME THE TECHONOLOGY FOR THESE TYPES OF VEHICLES IS NEW AND THE EXISTING LAW DOESN'T ADRESS E-BIKES BEING SOLD. H-P-D IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH LAWMAKERS TO UPDATE LAWS TO INCLUDE E- BIKES BASED ON HORSEPOWER AND SPEED. IN THE MEANTIME, EXPERTS SAY TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IS ANOTHER WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF. REESE: "SAFETY WISE WITH ALL BIKES WE OFFER FULL SAFETY GEAR SO WE HAVE HELMETS OF ALL DIFFERENT LEVELS, WE ALSO HAVE LIGH FOR THE FRONT AND THE REAR AND WE HAVE SAFETY STUFF TOO LIKE VESTS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR." FOR DRIVERS..NAVIGATING THE ROADS AND BEING AWARE OF E-BIKES IS KEY.

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO STAY 3-FEET AWAY… AND ALWAYS DRIVE WITH CAUTION WHEN TURNING OVER BIKE LANES. STEVEN WONG, WONG WAY DRIVING ACADEMY: "THEY CAN KEEP UP WITH THE SAME SPEED AS YOU ARE AND UNLIKE MOPEDS THEY DON'T MAKE A LOT OF NOISE. SO YOU'LL HEAR A MOPED THAT'S DRIVING NEXT TO YOU, WHEREAS THE EBIKE IS BASICALLY SILENT." EXPERTS SAY SAFETY ON THE ROAD FOR ALL CAN HELP PREVENT ANOTHER TRAGEDY. REESE: "YOU CAN BE RIDING WELL, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW IF ANYTHING ELSE IS GOING TO HAPPEN." NATS: MORE BIKES KRISTY TAMASHIRO, KHON2 NEWS,.

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