Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Be careful where your
car is parked overnight

Question: My car is fully insured with a current safety sticker and was parked on Waikalani Drive for seven days without moving.

Yes, I did leave the car there from Aug. 15 to 22. I later discovered from asking another police officer that this was a "public" road and not a private road, which translates into "no parking over 24 hours."

I feel that a $155 abandoned vehicle citation is jumping the gun as opposed to a parking ticket.

Can they do this? Why not issue a parking ticket first and then an abandoned vehicle citation?

Answer: You probably were not issued a parking citation because you weren't guilty of a parking violation (parking next to a fire hydrant, for example, or parked in such a way as to create a traffic hazard), a city official explained.

However, you do admit to parking for seven days without moving your car, which is in clear violation of the abandoned-vehicle law (Honolulu Revised Ordinances, Sec. 15-13.8).

Based on the complaints Kokua Line receives about cars hogging precious on-street parking spaces, one of your neighbors probably complained about your car to police or the city's abandoned vehicle office.

Q: I have noticed that in several Chinese restaurants, gau gee and won ton are filled right out there in the dining room by workers who also wait tables. They were not wearing gloves while working.

Also, in the highly humid climate, isn't there a greater chance of bacterial contamination resulting in food poisoning?

A: Workers preparing food in the dining area during slow periods is not an uncommon sight in such restaurants, although food preparation should be done in the kitchen, said Brian Choy, sanitation branch chief for the state Department of Health.

However, food poisoning has not been a problem because of that.

"We haven't seen anyone get sick from that," Choy said, noting that the restaurant either will refrigerate the food or cook it immediately by boiling or frying.

There is no state law requiring the wearing of gloves, but workers are supposed to wash their hands before and after handling food, Choy said.

If anyone has a concern about restaurant sanitation or food preparation, he or she should call Choy's office at 586-8000.

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