Police warn to keep offroad vehicles off roads and beaches

The Hawaii Police Department is warning the public that officers will issue citations to anyone who operates a dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on any public road on Hawaii Island. This includes state and county roads, as well as private roads open to the public. Police have identified areas they will be regularly patrolling.

ATVs should not be used on public beaches or on private lands without the landowner’s permission.

All drivers must be licensed and all motor vehicles must be properly registered to travel in the roadways in Hawaii County. If officers observe those violations they will stop and issue traffic citations to anyone not following the traffic laws. Persons operating an ATV on a public road or highway are subject to a number of citations, including no valid license plates, no safety check, no weight tax sticker, and no no-fault insurance. If certain traffic violations are observed the vehicles may be impounded or towed from the scene police said.

The Hawaii Police Department wants everyone to understand that regardless of the vehicle’s type, operating them recklessly is dangerous and a violation of HRS 291-2 “Reckless Driving”. Responsible adults must assure that motorcycles and ATVs are only operated where it is legal and, most of all, safe. All riders need to wear protective equipment, like a helmet. It only takes one crash to alter many lives forever.

If you observe a dirt bike motorcycle or ATV traveling illegally on the roadway please call (808) 935-3311. Providing a license plate, description of the vehicle and driver, the road they are on, and the direction of travel will assist Hawaii Police Department to locate them.

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