Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

DOT will cover misleading
signs at airport

Question: I went to the airport recently, dropped off my sister, then went to park my car. I followed the signs to the parking area via the car rental route, rather than going all the way around to the formal parking entrance. I thought, "Wow, they really made a readable bright yellow sign to indicate the way to the parking area." But when I got to the parking entrance near the car rental return area, it was CLOSED! There were no signs indicating the entrance would be closed, so I had to double back to go around again. I understand why they closed it, but it would be less distressing to people who follow the nice bright signs to know ahead of time so they don't waste their time. Can't the Department of Transportation cover that part of the sign?

Answer: The DOT's Airport Division checked the situation and agreed with your assessment.

The sign in question has been temporarily covered.

Meanwhile, airport officials are working on revising the parking routes affected by the closure of the parking entrance, as well as the ground-level entrance across from the Bank of Hawaii.

About 22 signs are targeted to be removed and corrected, while a new sign outside the overseas terminal parking structure in the open lot will be added to direct people to the exit.

All the existing ground-mounted green and red signs throughout the airport will eventually be removed, an airport official said.

Q: Every day between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., it's supposed to be a tow-away zone on Dole Street from Kanewai Street to St. Louis Drive. However, I have seen patrol officers in both HPD-marked cars and their private vehicles just ignore the tow-away signs. I know this for a fact because I was following one officer, but I failed to get the license number of his vehicle. Why put up a tow-away sign if HPD will not issue a ticket?

A: Patrol officers cited and had 16 vehicles towed on Sept. 16, 17 and 18, said Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu. "They will continue to monitor the area." Without knowing what officer you observed, she could not comment on why he did not stop to ticket the vehicles.

However, she noted that time of day is "pretty busy" everywhere, and "it is possible officers may have been responding to a higher-priority situation."

Q: Which sections of the Hawaii Revised Statutes refer to the state Traffic Code, and which one specifically covers the driving requirement that both hands be on the wheel unless making a signal for a turn?

A: There is no such requirement, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

State laws that relate to driving are included in HRS Sections 249, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 291-C and 431. There is no state or federal law requiring both hands on the wheel, although in driver education classes, students are instructed to keep two hands on the wheel at all times, a DOT spokeswoman said.


To the nice gentleman who found my cell phone in the parking lot of the Hawaii Kai golf course, then turned it in to the Pro Shop. I appreciate what you did and thank you so very much. -- Lady Golfer


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