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Judge Issues Arrest Warrants After Fleet Fails to Appear For Safety Violation Hearings

March 15, 2005

HONOLULU, HAWAII — One of Hawaii's biggest and best-known refuse companies has been skipping court regularly, KITV 4 News reported on March 8. Honolulu Disposal Service has been avoiding penalties for safety violations. Its fleet of more than 100 trucks are targeted by state and federal safety regulators. One of the Service's trucks apparently lost its brakes last November in Makakilo and killed a new employee and father of two. The employee’s mother was particularly upset about state unsafe equipment citations on the truck two days before the accident. KITV 4 News pulled the company's traffic abstract and found, despite numerous violations in the last two years, the last time a Honolulu Disposal official set foot in court was 22 months ago, when the company paid a $222 fine. Since then, the company has failed to show at 27 traffic court hearings, according to KITV News. Judges have issued 19 penal summons and five arrest warrants. Most are still outstanding. State inspectors caught the insurance and equipment violations at roadside inspections, expecting the company would pay in court. "It's kind of frustrating to hear that possibly that people are trying to skirt the law by not even showing up for their court case," Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa told KITV News.
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