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Controversy over Parking tickets in Makaha

MAKAHA, Oahu (KHNL) - The Honolulu Police Department has been stepping up its enforcement of parking laws on the West side of the island, and in effect creating a huge controversy for some Makaha residents.

"I got a ticket because I was parking in front of my driveway to unload, went into the house to use the bathroom, came back out and there was a ticket to my surprise," said Bill Mousser, a community member.

He and over sixty other Makaha residents have since signed a petition to protest the HPD's recent mass issuance of parking citations.

"It has been frustrating as a community to have to park a quarter of a mile away and walk to my home," said Mousser.

The Hawaii parking and street laws prohibit abandoned or undocumented vehicles on the street as well as parking cars less than four feet of a driveway, even if it is your own.

The HPD said the reason for the recent enforcement, is just a response to numerous neighborhood complaints.

"We do realize that parking in many of these communities is scarce," HPD Major Michael Moses said, "However, when others within the community insist on police action, and there are obvious violations observed, we are obliged to act."

There are those that are thankful for HPD's support."The problem has been building for so long and the improvement is greatly appreciated,"said a Manuku Street resident.

She and others in the area complained about cars parked on the sidewalk, and people putting up "No Parking" signs in front of their homes as well as storing vehicles on the street.

HPD's recent actions have people in the community reacting on both sides.

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro who represents the district, is considering drafting legislation to alter the current laws requiring cars to park no less than four feet from driveways.

"The problem with the law is that it makes parking nearly impossible in neighborhoods where houses are close together, such as Makaha," said Shimabukuro.

She supports HPD's enforcement of the parking laws but also understands that both sides need to be heard.

"I hope we can find a compromise so that people are not unnecessarily inconvenienced," she said.

"We need to work together to make the community a better place to live for all involved."Mousser urged.

Shimabukuro has taken steps towards placing the issue on the Waianae Neighborhood Board's Transportation Committee agenda to give the community an open forum to debate the issue.

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