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Question: I drive on the H-2 freeway a lot and sometimes see vehicles with U.S. government license plates driving recklessly or speeding. Whom do I call to report them? I know whom to call for state or city vehicles but not for federal vehicles.

Answer: There is no number to call to report reckless driving of federal vehicles.

Instead, you are asked to send email the General Services Administration at

"The program is managed through that email address so that we can provide the submitted documentation to the agency responsible for the identified vehicle," said Traci Madison, regional public affairs officer for the GSA.

You are asked to provide the date, time and location of the incident, the alleged misuse of the vehicle, and the license plate number.

Any additional information would be helpful, such as descriptions of the vehicle, the driver and any passengers, as well as any photos or videos.

You can ask to remain anonymous, but if so, you will not hear anything back unless more information is needed. In that case, GSA will ask whether the investigating agency may contact you.

For more information, go to

The GSA says its vehicles have license plates that have the following structure: GXX-XXXXX. If the plate does not begin with G, then it is not owned by the GSA.

Nationally, the GSA provides more than 205,000 vehicles to 75 federal agencies.

Question: In the Nov. 28 Kokua Line — — you said it was illegal to park in a marked crosswalk. We have been having an ongoing problem at two unmarked crosswalks at the corner of Kaimalie and Kaihanupa streets in Ewa Beach, across from two ramped sections of sidewalk. Cars are parked in the crosswalks on a daily/nightly basis. The main concern is that there is a small fenced-in children’s park situated in a large park on that street. Either pedestrians have to walk two to three blocks to cross (if they’re lucky to find a clear crossing) or dash between the parked cars. Over the years, there have been three automobile accidents resulting in deaths in the area, so it is not exactly a safe crossing. Police have been called several times, but we were told that "it is up to the discretion of the officer as to whether a summons will be issued." We then asked for a supervisor and were given basically the same reply. Is the information given by the responding officers correct?

Answer: Yes, according to Michelle Yu, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Police Department.

That’s because Honolulu traffic laws do not specifically address unmarked crosswalks, she said.

However, under Section 15-14.1(a)(3) of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu — — there may be another violation that could be applicable in certain situations, she said.

In this case, that would be the prohibition of parking "within an intersection, along the edges or curbside around corners and in channelized areas of any two intersecting streets."

Asked whether a car parked in an unmarked crosswalk could then be cited under Section 15-14.1(a)(3), Yu said, "Yes, the officer would assess the situation and could cite if a violation was observed."


To Dr. Robert Atkinson for coming to the aid of my wife back in November. She had stumbled on her walk, was feeling woozy and was lying near the street unable to get up. Dr. Atkinson stopped, got out of his car to check on her and help her up, and even gave her a lift home. We’re truly thankful for his kindness. — Jeff Lee


To Garry Wong at the Kapolei Costco. I had just gone to the pharmacy and was next in line for my regular purchases when I couldn’t find my American Express card.

Panicking, I went to customer service and asked if they found a card. The clerk radioed Garry, the head cashier, and sure enough, he found the card and retrieved it! He saw it on the floor near the deli. I was so impressed that no one used it or walked off with it. I also thank Garry for his diligence. — DC

Write to “Kokua Line” at Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu 96813; call 529-4773; fax 529-4750; or email

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