HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) posted on Tuesday that stricter enforcement is on the way for vehicles that have large flags and banners. HPD said this week, they will be issuing warnings and educating drivers who break the law.

According to traffic laws, items on cars cannot cover a driver’s license plate, cover a car’s reflectors or vehicle lights, obstruct the view of a driver or interfere with the car or hang out wider than the vehicle. Police say the fines for breaking the laws can range from $70 to $97.

In a post on Facebook, HPD said:

“In response to numerous inquiries and complaints from the public regarding vehicles flying large flags and banners, the Honolulu Police Department is asking drivers to be mindful when transporting or displaying objects in and on their vehicles.  Large objects, such as flags, recreation equipment, furniture, or tree branches, that obstruct the driver’s view or the view of other drivers or that pose a distraction could be potential traffic hazards.  Any object that flies off of or becomes separated from a vehicle could pose a hazard to nearby vehicles. 

For everyone’s safety, the HPD reminds motorists that the law requires a driver’s view to be unobstructed and that baggage, freight or any object should not extend beyond the widest part of a vehicle.  License plates must be unobscured at all times, and vehicle reflectors and lights must be readily visible from all sides of the vehicle, especially at night.  The fine for violating these laws ranges from $70 to $97.

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HPD said enforcement is scheduled to start this weekend, which is when one of the Kiai convoys is planned. It’ll take place on Sunday from Kapolei to Kualoa.

Jamie Rodrigues, Kiai convoy co-organizer said they are already thinking of ways to work with the enforcement changes, like using smaller flags and setting them up differently on vehicles. Rodrigues said they will be informing all the participants of the convoy of the step-up in enforcement.

“We would definitely put out a press release update to our convoy to the public… encouraging our motorists to be responsible with how they flag their cars so that it’s an incident free event,” said Rodrigues.

However, she said that their flags are important and represent who they are.

“Changing the size of our flags and the way that we fly our flags, being that we will have to work within the laws in the City and County of Honolulu, does not change who we are. It does not change the message that we convey. ” said Jamie Rodrigues.