Police issue advisory on off-road vehicles 09-03-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
COMMUNITY POLICING SECTION
LIEUTENANT JAMES SANBORN
PHONE: 961-2350
SEPTEMBER 3, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police are advising residents that it is against the law to drive mini motorbikes, “pocket bikes” and all-terrain vehicles on public roads.

According to officials of the Hawaii State Transportation Department, vehicles that may legally use public roads and highways must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards, and these types of bikes and ATV’s fail to meet these standards.

Police issued the advisory in response to questions and complaints from residents.

These types of bikes and ATV’s were not manufactured as motor vehicles for highway use and may legally operate off-road only.

Persons operating ATV’s, mini motorbikes or “pocket bikes” on public roads and highways are subject to a number of citations, including tickets for having no valid license plate, having no valid safety sticker and having no automobile liability insurance.

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