Police issue warning about illegal blue lights on vehicles 04-30-02

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY K. APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
APRIL 30, 2002

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hawaii County Police Department is reminding motorists that it is against the law to display blue lights or reflectors on vehicles unless they are authorized by the police chief or the director of the State Department of Public Safety.

Without such authorization, Section 291-31.5 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes makes it illegal for any person to knowingly “operate, affix or cause to be affixed, display, or possess any lamp, reflector, or illumination device which appears to be the color blue upon any motor vehicle, motorcycle, motor scooter, bicycle, or moped.”

Sergeant Randy Apele ofthe Traffic Services Section said police officers have noticed an increase in the number of vehicles displaying blue-colored headlamps, fog lamps, lights shining through the windshield or attached to the chassis of motor vehicles.

Such blue lights or reflectors are illegal, he said, and violators are subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to one year in jail.

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