Maui County Seeks Help to Curb Bus Shelter Vandalism
By Maui Now Staff
County officials are asking the public for help in curbing vandalism reported at several bus shelters on Maui.
About $1,000 in damage was reported in South Maui at the South Kihei and Uwapo Park bus shelters on March 27 and 28, officials said.
An additional $400 in damage was reported during two separate incidents at the bus shelter across from Luana Gardens in Kahului late last year, officials said.
According to county authorities, damage in all incidents primarily involved kicking out or bending the metal screen walls.
“These bus shelters are everyone’s property as they are paid for with taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa in a press release.
“Please treat them with respect so that the community can continue to use them for years to come,”Arakawa said, in regard to the new shelters which were just dedicated last year.
The bus stop vandalism is considered criminal property damage.
Based on the amount of damage sustained, violations can be considered either a petty misdemeanor or a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, county officials said.
***Supporting information courtesy County of Maui.