Police Call: Garrison vehicle towing guidelines updated

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Following guidelines may prevent a tow

Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and

Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

The Directorate of Emergency Services has updated its guidelines on vehicle towing across all U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installations.



Please be aware that there are several offenses in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) and the Installation Traffic Code that require vehicle impoundment. These include, but are not limited to, driving under the influence or with a suspended/revoked license and reckless driving.

Illegal parking may also result in a vehicle tow. Illegal parking is defined as any vehicle parked in a manner that creates a public safety hazard (i.e., parked in a crosswalk, fire lane or intersection), any vehicle parked in a “tow-away” zone, any vehicle parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, and any vehicle that interferes with the orderly flow of traffic or emergency operations.

Although every alternative to remove the vehicle will be made, the ultimate responsibility for the vehicle rests with the registered owner.

Please keep in mind that a vehicle may be towed during noncriminal circumstances, as well. If a vehicle is disabled by a traffic incident and the operator is either unavailable or physically incapable of moving the vehicle, the vehicle will be towed and impounded to ensure a public safety hazard is not created or it does impede the flow of traffic.

If you see this sign, DES recommends you abide or you may be towed. (Courtesy photo)

If you see this sign, DES recommends you abide or you may be towed. (Courtesy photo)

Abandoned Vehicles
Vehicles deemed abandoned by law enforcement will also be impounded in accordance with post policy. Once deemed abandoned, a DD Form 2504 (Abandoned Vehicle Notice) will be placed on the vehicle.

At that point, the registered owner will have three days to remove the vehicle before an impoundment action is initiated. After impoundment, the owner will have 120 days to claim the vehicle.

Two good rules of thumb are to always keep your vehicle’s documentation up-to-date and to ensure you are adhering to the installation’s traffic code and parking policy.

We appreciate your effort in upholding the excellence and safety of the USAG-HI community!

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