Senator Mike Gabbard has introduced SB 1891, which will allow
the Department of Natural Resources' (DLNR) Enforcement Division
to solve the problem of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other
vehicles driving on our beaches and creating safety and environmental
hazards. The legislation will restore criminal penalties to
Chapter 171, relating to public lands.
The criminal provisions of the law were removed several years
ago by the Legislature, making it increasingly difficult for
DLNR to protect the safety of beachgoers, wildlife, and the
Gabbard said, "After recent media reports, speaking with DLNR
police officers, and getting complaints from the community,
we've got to take action. Enough already! I've got nothing against
ATVs, but it's time we give DLNR the tools they need to keep
our beaches safe for families, especially our keiki."
"SB 1891 will solve this statewide problem," Gabbard continued,
"by allowing DLNR to make the offense of illegally driving on
public lands a 'petty misdemeanor'. This means DLNR police officers
will have the ability to make arrests, issue criminal citations,
and even seize vehicles. I guarantee that if a couple of these
vehicles get confiscated, the problem will be solved very quickly."
Gabbard said, "This is not only a public safety problem, but
it's also a serious cultural and environmental concern. If they
haven't already, ATVs and other vehicles can potentially desecrate
sacred burial grounds, as well as cause enormous destruction
to our natural ecosystem."
Senator Gabbard intends to also introduce a resolution this
session to ask DLNR to look at expanding the hours of the Kahuku
Motocross Park and consider other locations around the state
so that ATV riders have places to enjoy their sport.
If people want more details, please contact Senator Gabbard's
office at 586-6830 or visit the State Legislature website at