Hawaii Travel Restrictions Announced as Hawaii’s Travel Restriction Law Takes Effect
Hawaii’s travel restrictions are coming to an end.
Neil Abercrombie announced the end of the travel restrictions Monday, just as Hurricane Maria made landfall in the island state.
The state announced that the travel restriction for the first four weeks of October will be lifted, and the Hawaii Highway Patrol will start enforcing the restrictions nationwide, beginning Nov. 15.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement that the suspension of the restrictions will allow the Hawaii State Police to increase patrols in areas with a higher rate of violent crimes and more active-duty officers to assist the HPD in enforcing the ban.
The travel restrictions will remain in effect until Nov. 3, the end date of the state’s new state of emergency, which came into effect in December after the death of a local police officer.
The governor’s proclamation states that Hawaii is “fully committed to ensuring that our law enforcement officers do not pose a threat to public safety or the public health, safety of our residents, or the safety of others,” adding that the “law enforcement community must be able to work with our state, local, and federal partners to enforce and ensure public safety.”
In addition to the travel ban, Abercrome said the state will allow drivers to use the “Hawaiian” state license plate on their vehicles if they have been issued a permit in the past three years.
The ban was initially imposed on November 2, following the death at the hands of a Honolulu police officer of a 20-year-old African-American man who was shot in the chest by a white man in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood.
The man was killed by Officer Mark Scott, who was charged with first-degree murder.
Scott had been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, and had been placed on administrative leave after being indicted on murder charges in March.
The officer’s lawyer has alleged that Scott was motivated by racial bias, and was acting out of fear of the city being overrun by African-Americans.
Hawaiians who have been on vacation for the past two months or have been in Hawaii for at least three months will not be required to apply for a new license plate for the rest of the month, Abercaquie said.
The new license plates will not automatically be issued to those who have applied for a temporary license plate.
The new license holders will have the option of returning to their original vehicle or transferring it to a temporary permit holder if they so choose.
“The governor is pleased to announce that we have ended the state of emergencies on October 15 and is now in the process of enacting legislation to make Hawaii a more safe place to live and work,” Abercubie said in the proclamation.
“We will continue to work to provide for a safe and secure state of Hawaii, and I encourage everyone to remain vigilant and vigilant.”
The state’s interim travel restrictions, which lasted from Monday through Friday, were intended to prevent people from leaving the state without a permit.
The restrictions had been in place for six months before Abercisoie signed the proclamation and announced them Monday.