Letter to the Editor: Alcohol consumption banned during extended weekends

| August 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter as a community outreach to help educate the Army community, here.

On July 2, I was invited to go boating with some friends. We ended up at the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar.

Shortly after anchoring the boat, I was approached by a Division of Conservation and Resources enforcement officer, who asked me if I was drinking. My reply was, “Yes sir.”

He then asked me if I was aware of the rule. My reply was, “No, I’m new here.”

He then gave me a citation for consumption of alcohol while in a boat in the safety zone.

Based on the citation, I was ordered to appear at the State Land Board Meeting to state my case to the board members. After hearing my case, the board was lenient to my situation, and I ended up paying a fine of $50.

I am writing this letter to the Army community. I highly recommend for you to plan, research, educate and conduct a risk assessment prior to any outdoor and/or boating recreation activity. This incident is a lesson learned for me; it will serve as a great tool to protect you from having to sit in front of the board members or a judge.

Enjoy your time in Hawaii and respect the rules.

— Sgt. Patrick Miller

 

Dear Editor,

The reason that I am writing this letter is to inform my comrades-

in-arms and their families of an incident that took place during this past Fourth of July holiday weekend.

I was issued a violation for consuming alcohol on the Sandbar, near Marine Corps Base Hawaii, during the four-day weekend.

I was unaware of any policy that prohibits possession and consumption of alcohol.

As of June 28, the Board of Land and Natural Resources issued a policy making it illegal to be in possession of or to consume alcohol in Zone H, which is located over the Sandbar, during any

three- or four-day weekend. After being issued my violation, I received a mandatory court date where I could plead my case to the board. I was facing fines from $50-$1,000.

I was ordered to pay the minimum fine of $50. I also agreed to help educate my peers of this new policy, with a warning that the board would not be so lenient to future offenders.

— Pfc. Heather Klotz

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Boating Under the Influence

Hawaii Administrative Rule, title 13, chapter 256, section 13-256-73.13, addresses activities that pose an imminent peril to public health, safety or morals. It establishes a safety zone around Ahu o Laka, or the the Kaneohe Sandbar, that prohibits alcohol and drugs on three- or four-day weekends that include state holidays. The safety zone covers more than a square mile and is defined by marker buoys.

A prohibition is in effect on the possession or consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances within the most frequently crowded sections.

This ban includes a prohibition on entering or remaining in such area while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or drugs.

This ban also prohibits disorderly conduct.

Violations are subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or not less than $50 for each violation, in addition to possible administrative penalties.

(Editor’s Note: Information complied from a Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources news release.)  

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