Registration starts for Philippine vote
Voter registration for Filipino citizens in Hawaii who wish to vote in the May 14, 2007, Philippine national elections began Saturday.
Registration is being held at the Philippine Consulate at 2433 Pali Highway, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Filipino citizens must be at least 18 years old on election day and must have a valid Philippine passport.
Seamen must present a copy of their seaman's book or proof of being a seafarer.
Anyone who has dual citizenship must present a certified copy of the signed Oath of Allegiance.
The deadline to register is Aug. 31, 2006. For more information, call the consulate at 595-6316 to 6319, ext. 241, 230 and 226.
Checkpoints assess child safety seat use
The Department of Transportation is sponsoring a series of "child car seat checks" this month to help parents ensure their children are secured safely in vehicles.
Nine out of 10 child safety seats are not installed correctly, which can lead to serious injury or death. Trained technicians will assess whether child seats are safe, age-appropriate and properly installed.
Checks are scheduled as follows:
» Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Toys-R-Us, 98-1101 Moanalua Road, Aiea.
» Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Brigham Young University (parking lot across Aloha center), 55-220 Kulanui Street, Laie.
Hawaii's child passenger restraint law requires children under 4 years old to ride in a child safety seat. Drivers who violate the law are required to attend a four-hour class and could be fined up to $500.
Children who weigh more than 40 pounds and have outgrown their safety seats should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until age 8. Booster seats ensure that seat belts fit children properly.
Child safety seats should never be placed in front of an airbag, unless it is disabled. The rear center seat is the safest place for a safety seat.
For more information, call the Department of Transportation's Safe Communities Office at 587-6301.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
2 are critically hurt in crash with truck
A 24-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition early yesterday after he collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Hobron Lane.
Police said that about 2:05 a.m. the cyclist was traveling Ewa-bound on Ala Moana on a black 2000 Suzuki motorcycle with a 31-year-old female passenger. The motorcyclist failed to stop at the red traffic light at Hobron Lane and collided with a blue Dodge pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old woman, police said.
Police said the woman on the motorcycle was also taken to Queen's in serious condition. Police said neither she nor the driver was wearing a helmet.
There were several people in the pickup truck, but none were seriously hurt, police said.
Speed appeared to be a factor, police said.