Q: How can we request for one of those radar feedback signs to be placed in our neighborhood? I live off of High Street near Wailuku Elementary School and although there are 20-mph signs, people still drive faster than that. What's worse, motorists drive fast as kids are getting out of school. Please help.
A: I understand your concern. You can contact the Maui Police Department at 244-6400 regarding motorist safety concerns so that the issue can be researched and analyzed. If a hazard is identified, the appropriate treatment may be applied, which may include enforcement and/or a speed display sign. Also, for state highways and roads, the state Department of Transportation has speed display signs available. Like the Maui Police Department, the Transportation Department studies traffic accident data and measures traffic speed flow charts before implementing a speed display sign.
Q: Does the County of Maui receive any of the registration fees for rental cars? If not, why not?
A: The County of Maui receives registration fees for rental cars that are initially titled and registered on Maui. They are issued license plates that begin with the letter "L" (for example, LDP 550). According to HRS 286-41, if a vehicle is moved to another county, the existing certificate of registration will be valid until it expires. At that point, the registration must be renewed with the county the car is being driven in, unless the car is only being temporarily transferred to another county for less than three months.
Q: I walk from Sugar Beach in Kihei to the fishpond on the beach. At high tide there are two places where the beach is under water, thus pushing the high tide line up against some condos' rock walls. How are we supposed to get by? There are guest-only signs on the condo property.
A: The state has jurisdiction of coastal land up to the high-water mark (also referred to as the vegetation line or the "high wash of the waves"). In this case, it sounds like private property (the condos) butts up against state property. Unless permission is given by the private property owners, crossing their property could be considered trespassing. Our Planning Department works to ensure both lateral and perpendicular access to private property, which can sometimes be a condition of a permit, subdivision or change in zoning. Often, there is a dedicated easement or parcel through or right next to a property specifically for access. It's important to remember that along some natural, undeveloped coastlines, the beach is impassible during high tide. Since beach access at high tide is not necessarily guaranteed, it's a good idea to check the tide chart before planning a beach walk.
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