Police warn against roadside vending 05-13-05

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO PATROL DISTRICT
CAPTAIN LARRY R. WEBER
PHONE: 961-2214
MAY 13, 2005

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police are advising the public that vending along state and county roadsides is illegal.

After receiving numerous complaints about roadside vending, police say they will step up enforcement of both county and state laws prohibiting roadside vending.

Both state law and county ordinances prohibit any vending of goods, including vehicles parked along the roadside with for sale signs on them.

County ordinances prohibit commercial use of any county roads and roadsides, including shoulder grassy areas. Illegal vendors can be fined up to $1,000.

State law prohibits commercial use of any state road or roadside, including grassy areas and medians such as along the Hilo-Keaau Highway (Route 11) or Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19). Illegal vendors can be charged with a misdemeanor crime, which is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail, or both.

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