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With strict Lanikai parking rules in place, confusion over the law grows

Residents were ticketed because the tail ends of their vehicles were apparently on an easement. (Image: Paul Conte) Residents were ticketed because the tail ends of their vehicles were apparently on an easement. (Image: Paul Conte)
Residents were ticketed because the tail ends of their vehicles were apparently on an easement. (Image: Paul Conte) Residents were ticketed because the tail ends of their vehicles were apparently on an easement. (Image: Paul Conte)
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LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

With the Good Friday and Easter holidays upon us, the city's strict parking rules are in effect in Lanikai.

During three-day holiday weekends, the city doesn't allow parking along streets and shoulders from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Signs are posted along the road warning motorists that parking there could land them a citation ticket from Honolulu police.

But on Friday, some area residents, including those who live along Mokulua Drive, woke up to a baffling and upsetting sight.

Some of their vehicles parked in their own driveway were ticketed by HPD.

One resident confronted an officer handing out the tickets to find out why.

"This policeman is taking it a step forward saying it's an easement," resident Alesia Barnes said. "I don't like this ban ... we should be able to have a crowd of people walk here without touching the road." 

The city began looking at parking restrictions in the area in 2015. 

The changes went into effect after complaints that high foot and vehicle traffic clogged up streets during long weekends.

"I always thought if you're tucked into your driveway that as long as you were safely tucked in you were okay, but now apparently it's more than that," Barnes added. "We need to define the laws. All of Lanikai is going to get a ticket. Most people use their entire driveways."

According to the Honolulu Police Department's website, during holiday weekends, "Lanikai will be designated as a 'special enforcement district,' meaning absolutely no parking will be permitted on the shoulders of public roads and streets in Lanikai." 

A former traffic engineer pointed us to the Honolulu Revised Ordinances, where Article 14 states, in part:

(a) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places: (1) On a sidewalk.

That includes unpaved sidewalks, or easements, like the ones in Lanikai.

"From the paved road to your fence line is the easement, even though your driveway is on there," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said after talking with Honolulu police. "If you're a homeowner and your car is protruding into the easement beyond your driveway, they're ticketing you too. I mean, I wish some ways you didn't have to do that, but they can't look the other way."

Caldwell said that the parking ban has been working to reduce traffic congestion. But he also said that police are doing their job.

"If they want to contest it, they can try. But I think the law's pretty clear as to where you can and cannot park."

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