Several illegally-parked vehicles towed in Lanikai over Memorial Day weekend

Several illegally-parked vehicles towed in Lanikai over Memorial Day weekend
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LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Several Lanikai beach-goers received an unpleasant surprise Sunday. Some drivers found a ticket on their windshield or their vehicle gone, due to a parking ban along the loop during the holiday weekend.

There's no official count on how many citations were issued or vehicles towed so far, but beach-goers say police were patrolling the area all day.

"I parked around 11 a.m. then my truck was already towed about 1:20 p.m.," said Anthony Alvarado.

Alvarado and his Army brothers were trying to enjoy their Memorial Day weekend. Alvarado just moved to Hawaii last month and says he wasn't aware of the ban.

"I'm really pissed, but I'm not showing it right now because I have to pay about $285 for it," Alvarado said. "$235 to get the truck out then $50 ticket."

Patricia expressed the same sentiment when she found a ticket on her windshield upon returning from the beach.

"Keep the country, country," Patricia said. "This is Hawaii, let everyone do what they want to do. This is the land of peace and prosperity, stop trying to govern it and restrict it."

Parking is prohibited on all streets and shoulders in Lanikai between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. during three-day holiday weekends due to public safety concerns that come with severe congestion in the area.

This is the third pilot project conducted by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation, Honolulu Police and Lanikai Association.

During the first ban on President's Day weekend, Feb. 13 through Feb. 15, 2016, officers issued a total of 126 citations and towed three vehicles.
The second ban on Easter weekend, March 25 through March 27, 2016 -- 296 citations were given out and one vehicle was towed.

"It's really inconvenient especially if they know there's going to be an influx in traffic," said Hammond Bradford.

It took Crystal Johnson over an hour to find parking elsewhere, but she says it's worth not paying a $50 fine.

"We saw all the signs and the cones out and we saw police officers giving a lot of tickets," Johnson said.

City officials encourage anyone wishing to access Lanikai beach on Memorial Day, to walk, bike or use TheBus Route 70 Lanikai Shuttle.

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