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ATVs 02-13-08

Hawaii Police Department
Hamakua District
Captain Randy Apele
Phone: 775-7533
February 13, 2008

Media Release

The Hawaii Police Department is warning the public that officers will issue citations to anyone who operates a dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle on any public road in Hawaii County. This includes state and county roads as well as private roads open to the public.

Vehicles that use public roads and highways must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards. ATVs fail to meet those standards.

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

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.

Police ask for your help in refraining from using vehicles meant for off-road use on our public roads and highways.