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Letter for Tuesday, October 8, 2019

On the abandoned vehicle epidemic

It was great for The Garden Island newspaper to acknowledge this problem on our beautiful island. The fact that people do this makes me think they have absolutely no respect for Hawaii and Kauai and do not belong here.

So how do we stop these losers doing it? I think once the vehicle’s owner is known, pursue them, and if they can be found, put a flag on them and make it impossible to renew their license or register a vehicle in Hawaii or the U.S.

They obviously don’t realize that owning and operating a vehicle is a privilege, not entitlement. We drove to work from Kalaheo to Kilauea last week and counted five abandoned vehicles with citations posted. This is absolutely unacceptable and an eyesore to our aina.

The county and state can only do so much, but until their is a new regulation or punishment for these losers then Kauai will be littered with vehicles by people who don’t give a s#@*& about this magical island … Make these people accountable!

Jules Cannon, Lawai

  1. JAMES October 8, 2019 7:29 am Reply

    The problem centers on the lack of enforcement of registration of the vehicle in the name of the new buyer. Someone sells a car, and the new buyer fails to register the title with the DMV, then abandons the vehicle. The County needs to pass a law requiring the seller to send in documents about the sale to the DMV or be on the hook for the abandoned vehicle. Don’t leave it up to the buyer. The seller would then make sure the County knows who owns the vehicle, and the proper party can be charged with the abandonment.

  2. Ka'aona Kipuka October 10, 2019 1:11 pm Reply

    Thanks! I’ll go ahead and add your pearls of wisdom to my barrel of worthless information. That’s usually where I keep all the complaints from “transplants” . By the way who are you to say certain people don’t belong here. Maybe you don’t belong here, how’s about that…ALOHA- it also means “goodbye”…

  3. truth be known October 13, 2019 1:14 pm Reply

    James, that is an excellent suggestion. Perhaps you could persuade a council member to bring your concept up at the next council meeting, although that decision may have to be made on the State level through DMV.

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