DES advises on installation towing guidelines

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col Miller


Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services,
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command


The Directorate of Emergency Services continues to enforce its guidelines on vehicle towing across all garrison installations, as outlined in the recently published U.S. Army-Hawaii Traffic Code (USARHAW Regulation 190-5).

Please be aware that there are several offenses in the Hawaii Revised Statutes and the Installation Traffic Code that require vehicle impoundment. These include, but are not limited to, operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, driving while license suspended or revoked, and reckless driving.

Illegal parking is also designated as a towable offense, and is defined as any vehicle parked in a manner that creates a public safety hazard, such as a being parked in a crosswalk, fire lane or intersection, also 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.

While every effort to remove the vehicle will be made without resorting to towing, the responsibility for the vehicle rests with the registered owner. Please make every effort to park in a manner that is respectful and safe, and help us to maintain the safe flow of traffic across our installation.

Members of our community should also be aware that a vehicle might be towed during non-criminal circumstances. If a vehicle is disabled following 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 public safety.

In accordance with post policy, vehicles deemed abandoned by law enforcement personnel on the installation will also be impounded. Once deemed abandoned, a DD Form 2504 (Abandoned Vehicle Notice) will be placed on the vehicle. At that point, the owner will have three days to remove the vehicle before an impoundment action is initiated and 120 days to claim the vehicle.

Ultimately, it is the registered vehicle owner’s responsibility to ensure that his or her vehicle is parked in a manner in accordance with USARHAW policy. Always make sure to keep your vehicle’s documentation up-to-date, and ensure that you’re adhering to the installation’s traffic code and parking policy.

We appreciate your effort in upholding the excellence and safety of the USARHAW community, and we are proud to serve you!


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Police Beat Roll-Up

March 18-30, the following occurred on USARHAW installations.


•Aliamanu Military Reservation

2 – Wrongful property damage


•Fort Shafter

1 – Duty upon striking

1 – Wrongful property damage


•Helemano Military Reservation

1 – Duty upon striking


•Mendonca Park

1 – Assault


•Schofield Barracks

10 – Domestic disturbances

6 – Assaults

9 – Duty upon striking

11 – Wrongful property damage

5 – Unattended children


•Tripler Army Medical Center

1 – Duty upon striking


•Wheeler Army Airfield

1 – Domestic disturbance

1 – Wrongful property damage

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