Maui Discussion

Ask the Mayor: Motorcycle Groups Blocking Intersections

November 30, 2014, 12:01 PM HST
* Updated December 9, 8:49 AM
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Motorcycle club, photo/graphic Maui Now.

Motorcycle helmet, photo/graphic by Wendy Osher.

The mayor answers questions from the public in this series.

By Mayor Alan Arakawa

Q: Can you please address whether or not it is legal for motorcycle riders to physically block intersections to allow large groups of riders to pass through?

On numerous occasions over the years, I have witnessed one or two motorcycle riders from a large group physically blocking an intersection to allow their fellow riders to pass through without waiting.

This has meant that those in cars must stop and wait for long periods of time in order to pass through the intersection. I have seen this happen most often on the weekends, when large groups are out and about to ride together.

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I have done some research and can find no laws on the books to allow this act, which is disrespectful and wrong to those in cars who are driving legally and waiting patiently.

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A: Maui County Code, Chapter 10.48.030, states that no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in numerous situations, one of which is within an intersection.

Thus, the use of self-appointed “road guards” at intersections or cross streets is not permissible to allow a group of motorcycles or vehicles to pass. No citizens shall obstruct or block traffic to alter the normal flow for their own personal use.

The Maui Police Department does not allow this action for any motorcycle group, car group or individuals.

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A photo of this type of violation would be helpful in identifying the individual and the motorcycle club he/she may be associated with.

To read the language of the law, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Laws and click on “Maui County Code,” then scroll down to Title 10 – VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC. Scroll down to Chapter 10.48.030 – “Prohibited in Certain Places.”

Want to Ask the Mayor?

Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: [email protected], phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.

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