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Holiday crackdowns result in arrests, hundreds of traffic tickets

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:16 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2012

Honolulu police stepped up traffic enforcment efforts and issued 400 citations in Wahiawa over the three-day holiday weekend during what police said was a Safer Streets operation. In town, police arrested 30 people and issued 27 traffic tickets during another Safer Streets crackdown on Kapiolani Boulevard and Beretaina Street.

Police also arrested 25 people and issued 40 citations in DUI traffic enforcement efforts in Kalihi, Pearl City, Leeward Oahu.

Police announced the arrests and citations on their Facebook page.

In Wahiawa, police said they issued 228 speeding citations, 82 moving violations, and 5 tickets for cell phone violations. The other tickets were for various other violations. Police also arrested 8 people for DUI.

The Safer Streets enforcement effort in the Kapiolani/Beretaina area Saturday, Sunday and Monday resulted in 8 DUI arrests and 22 arrests for other traffic violations, police said.

DUI enforcement efforts Saturday and Sunday in Kalihi, Pearl City and Leeward Oahu, including Kapolei, resulted in 25 arrests, including 8 for driving other the influence, according to police. The other arrests were for other traffic violations. Police also issued 40 citations -- 17 for speeding, 2 for excessive speed and the rest for other traffic offenses.

Pearl City police said they conducted DUI checkpoints on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Kamehameha Highway and the H-1 Freeway overpass, and Farrington Highway and Paiva Street between 10  p.m. and 2 a.m. and made 2 DUI arrests, 1 traffic arrest and issued 20 citations.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Great news. I see people cutting corners all the time and the one that annoys me the most is the crossing of solid lines.
on March 28,2012 | 05:54AM
bender wrote:
I used to get bugged about the solid line thing until I found out Hawaii law allows you to change lanes even when there is a solid line as long as a proper lookout is maintained.
on March 28,2012 | 05:59AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Like a sticker on the rear windshield saying "Ohana Member HPD" lol
on March 28,2012 | 07:55AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You all need to realize that those lines on the roads are a suggestion, not a rule. Much like the pretty signs and the brightly colored lights at intersections - it's just a suggestion and you can make up your own mind whether to comply.
on March 28,2012 | 08:39AM
loquaciousone wrote:
You mean like "NO PARKING"?
on March 28,2012 | 09:12AM
false wrote:
Well next time u see a Red Light it is a suggestion, so please run through it and tee bone a bus and get sued for $900 million. lol.
on March 28,2012 | 09:16AM
atilter wrote:
better yet - BE ON THE RECEIVING END and get sued!
on March 28,2012 | 04:29PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
I think the law is that you can cross the solid line if it is an emergency.
on March 28,2012 | 10:46AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I do not think it is an emergency if a vehicle is a Mercedes and it is stuck in traffic at the Middle Street bottleneck and it crosses a solid line going below the speed limit.
on March 28,2012 | 12:15PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Yup. See it all the time. These are the same fools who change lanes without signaling.
on March 28,2012 | 12:40PM
waikane_honolulu wrote:
Interesting, I've found that signaling is often an indicator to other drivers to speed up to not let you merge.
on March 28,2012 | 03:10PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes so if a driver tail gates me, I let go of the gas and when they cannot stand it and finally changes lane, I floor it and leave them in the dust, LOL.
on March 28,2012 | 07:33PM
atilter wrote:
has anyone done a correlation study between high sticker cars and traffic scofflaw incidents?
on March 28,2012 | 04:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on March 28,2012 | 08:09PM
onevoice82 wrote:
As long as it is not a double solid line! You are right about single solid lines.....
on March 28,2012 | 03:59PM
stingray65 wrote:
Please read the driver manual...if you know how to read..
on March 28,2012 | 09:27PM
stingray65 wrote:
Bender, that is incorrect. Only cops does not care, because they are doing it themself. Even off duty, they do not even use the turn signal, on or off duty..
on March 28,2012 | 09:23PM
rferdun wrote:
The traffic code says: "Single solid white lines indicate that movement from lane to lane is hazardous. The wider the line, the greater the hazard. You may cross a solid white line ONLY IN UNUSAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND THEN ONLY WITH GREAT CARE."
on March 28,2012 | 03:18PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The best way to think about it is to think of parking your car. There are dividers for cars at parking lots. One would not haphazardly park cars "crossing the solid line" to take two parking stalls. Even when no one is watching I park my car carefully. Because once you believe you can get away with it, you will always be looking to "cut corners" and sooner or later either u will get an infraction from an Officer, or u will run over a pedestrian or you will slam into another car. Be careful and you will be rewarded when you use your BEST defensive driving skills. Look at Alabama winning the BCS National Championship in January this year. They won it because they completely shut down Louisiana State University. Go get 'um !!
on March 28,2012 | 10:08PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Now if we can collect on these citations, we'll be rich!! Kudos to HPD. I hope this continues at various locations on Oahu until some people finally GET IT!
on March 28,2012 | 06:34AM
hawaiiyaks wrote:
Publicbraddah, how true. We need our legislators to pass a law allowing HPD to impound a vehicle that has 2 or more unpaid traffic citations. This would put a few millions in the state treasury.
on March 28,2012 | 08:38AM
atilter wrote:
and temporarily decrease the number of these self-righteous idiots!
on March 28,2012 | 04:36PM
kainalu wrote:
So far they've cracked down on the poor and middle-class neighborhoods. East Oahu around Hawaii Kai next?
on March 28,2012 | 06:53AM
ricekidd wrote:
The people with connection live in those area, and "They" can't have that in their neighborhood!
on March 28,2012 | 07:25AM
inverse wrote:
Of course HPD out of political correctness will target Hawaii Kai as well, however most who live out there are old folks who should be cited for driving to slow on the Highway. HPD will stake out Kalanianole Hwy in Hawaii Kai and many who use that Hwy are not only residents but others passing through to get to the Windward side of Oahu. Gaurantee HPD will catch many speeders, cell phone users, drunk drivers, reckless car or motorcycle riders, etc. which is the point in all of this. HPD should also mix in plainclothes officers as pedestrians trying to cross roads on the walk signal as many drivers on Oahu completely disregard pedestrian safety by not coming to a complete stop on red in order to 'beat' the pedestian before they have a chance to cross the intersection. I have had many close calls for drivers who completely disregard pedestian safety and right of way. These drivers will and have killed pedestrians and HPD needs to keep these reckless drivers in check
on March 28,2012 | 07:42AM
username_required wrote:
Generalize much?
on March 28,2012 | 08:47AM
on March 28,2012 | 09:06AM
atilter wrote:
as often as possible and politically expedient!
on March 28,2012 | 04:38PM
control wrote:
They should try Kailua on the weekend. Lots of vehicles hauling unlicensed trailers and equipment around - landscaping companies, tree trimmers, construction companies. Its rare to see one with a plate.
on March 28,2012 | 09:44AM
stingray65 wrote:
Sure why not in Hawaii Kai? Mililani and all over the place.. Essentially in West Side of the island. Most importantly, slow vehicle should stay in the extreme right lane..Lots of idiots stay on the left lane and expect you to go around them..
on March 28,2012 | 09:31PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Only five cell phone violations? I see more than that in ten minutes.
on March 28,2012 | 06:57AM
billso wrote:
I saw 3 violations in 2 minutes yesterday. Solo drivers just chatting along, driving with their left hand while they hold their phone to their right ear to try and hide what they are doing...
on March 28,2012 | 07:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The ones that I see don't even try to hide it anymore. Nobody enforces it anymore.....oops.
on March 28,2012 | 09:13AM
thanks4reading wrote:
a crack down on tailgating and speeding up to block cars from changing lanes (unsafe driving) would be a great improvement.
on March 28,2012 | 07:23AM
McCully wrote:
Excelllent job HPD! This crackdown should be conducted several times a month. Drivers still drive while DUI and without the proper documents for their car. HPD should impound their car on the spot instead of them driving on. This hopefully will get the message through.
on March 28,2012 | 07:24AM
olos73 wrote:
Agree totally. Having more accidents, both fatal and minor. Need to crackdown on DUI repeat offenders. Plus, many have revoked or suspended licenses, but still driving. Should have them install those "ignition locks" where you have to blow in before you can start your car. If you don't have a driver's license, whether from DUI, revoked, suspended, you shouldn't be driving.
on March 28,2012 | 08:27AM
stingray65 wrote:
That is why we have too many repeat offenders..DUI?, shoot them on sight!!! for sure they will never drive drunk again. If he is my son I shoot him myself.
on March 28,2012 | 09:37PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
Typical HPD,go one step further, setup road blocks every weekend,not just long weekends. If you really want to make a difference,keep at it so people get used to the fact that rest assure they'll be more check points at any given time so it makes them aware before they make and or become another victim of some sort of accident potentially injuring or even killing innocent victims. Hawaii drivers just dont seem to get it,especially the younger generation. Our driving habits are getting to be ridiculous,we all are taking a chance every time we get behind the wheel. Enough already too many people lives are being changed in a blink of an eye,and it should never happen in the first place...but it does and it will continue...
on March 28,2012 | 07:25AM
atilter wrote:
on March 28,2012 | 04:41PM
newsscribe wrote:
Hallelujah! And thank you HPD. Now, can they also crackdown on red light runners and pedestrians who cross against the light? I saw a woman flagrantly go through a red light on Harding Avenue Monday AFTER coming to a stop. I guess she figured no one going ewabound was going to turn on the green arrow so it was OK for her to go. Frankly, it amazes me there aren't even more accidents.
on March 28,2012 | 07:26AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There are and will be accidents, which is the great equalizer.
on March 28,2012 | 08:04AM
moiman wrote:
HPD should find a way to crack down on the Aholes who purposely run through the red lights. I see this happening all the time everywhere. These guys should be thrown in jail and license taken away.
on March 28,2012 | 07:50AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Not enough HPD. Make sure u watch your rear view mirror if u r speeding
on March 28,2012 | 07:58AM
Grimbold wrote:
I estimate 100000 derelict scofflaws just on Oahu. They buy insurance , get the vehicle rgistered after a few days they cancel the insurance, get their money back. Our incompetent state should prevent this. Simple solution: mandatory computerized notification of DLVMP by insurance companies when insurance of a VIN gets cancelled, renewed or newly taken and confiscation of license plate if no new insurance is taken .Then traffic watchers could just with a hand held electronic scanner scan and compute passing cars license plates and confiscate those without insurance.
on March 28,2012 | 08:00AM
atilter wrote:
on March 28,2012 | 04:44PM
kameleokalani44 wrote:
I thought that was already on the books. I wanted to cancel my insurance for a car that wasn't running anymore, and they refused to do it, because I didn't have "Proof". I was told, turn in the plates or prove it was towed to the junk yard.
on March 28,2012 | 05:01PM
Grimbold wrote:
Where are most scofflaws concentrated ? Wahiawa, Waipahu, Waianae/Nanakuli.
on March 28,2012 | 08:03AM
atilter wrote:
they're everywhere!
on March 28,2012 | 04:45PM
soundofreason wrote:
on March 28,2012 | 06:37PM
eastside808 wrote:
HPD should monitor their own area like the Beretania - Queen's and BWS intersection at pau hana time or Kapiolani and Date intersection. Should be able to get their monthly quota in a couple days at those two alone.
on March 28,2012 | 08:03AM
Grimbold wrote:
Is the word scofflaws censored ?
on March 28,2012 | 08:05AM
atilter wrote:
don't see why - a totally appropriate word to use in this context - ESPECIALLY! but.....considering the amount of news competition in our fair city, well .... use your own closure. censorship is the norm here when controlling the "unwashed masses".
on March 28,2012 | 04:50PM
Grimbold wrote:
Ok since the common word for law ignorers is censored here I go again. There are in my estimate about onehundredthousand lawignorers on Oahu alone . They buy insurance and after getting their car safety check or registration immediately cancel the insurance and pocket the return money.Hey DMV listen: Solution: Mandatory notification of the motor vehicle licensing department by insurance companies and confiscation of the license plate if no new insurance on that vehicle is taken out. Can all be automatic and computerized. Then traffic watch with handheld scanners can identify and confiscate invalid licenseplates. All can be paid by imposed fines.
on March 28,2012 | 08:15AM
loquaciousone wrote:
If you make the censors mad, they're going to red flag you and start reading everything you write with a magnifying glass.
on March 28,2012 | 01:09PM
Grimbold wrote:
Lawignorers are concentrated in Wahiawa, Waipahu, Wainae/Nanakuli areas, so controls should concentrate there.
on March 28,2012 | 08:16AM
atilter wrote:
on that - i do not agree!
on March 28,2012 | 04:52PM
ghstar wrote:
Every day I see cars with expired license tabs and safety inspection stickers. I hope HPD is enforcing these violations. This should be easy money.
on March 28,2012 | 08:36AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This program is named "Revenue Enhancement".
on March 28,2012 | 08:36AM
control wrote:
except that HPD doesn't get a penny. All monies go to the state which explains why HPD doesn't enforce traffic laws like this all the time.
on March 28,2012 | 09:46AM
who_dis_guy wrote:
What's "driving other the influence"?
on March 28,2012 | 08:56AM
waikane_honolulu wrote:
Good call and poor editorial work by the SA staff.
on March 28,2012 | 03:14PM
tutunona wrote:
Mahalo HPD............great work but of course, more needed..........
on March 28,2012 | 08:58AM
kprtyqn wrote:
Its nice that the heavier populated areas have begun to obtain more police coverage where needed and of course boost their quota for the month here and there...i think maybe the rookies yea? But what about those kids who just got their butts kicked staying out late at the ice palace and were attacked at the bus stop? No patrol around those areas and the guard who works that parking lot either is pretty blind or doesnt know how to call 911 maybe? Sad that no one came to their aid then again...Why you out late and knowing the world isnt all roses now adays...better to have stayed home in a safe environment.
on March 28,2012 | 09:16AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
You really don't have a clue do you?
on March 28,2012 | 11:38AM
Grimbold wrote:
Elitist leftist Democrats are advocating early release of prisoners - those who commit most crime are the repeat offender, the convicted felonss. They should be in a forced labour camp forevee , because they can not be rehabilitated.
on March 28,2012 | 11:59AM
808Cindy wrote:
police said they issued 228 speeding citations, 82 moving violations, COMMON Polititians Get our POLICE to do this EVERYDAY!!! OUR HIGHWAYS are way to dangerous!!
on March 28,2012 | 09:40AM
false wrote:
And make sure we do not give any special handling for lawmakers who go 90 MPH on the H-1 East from Ko Olina to Honolulu, unless they are the HPD.
on March 28,2012 | 10:30AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Why weren't they doing this to begin with? With a state with the second highest number of police officers you would think that they would have more time and manpower to clean up our roads of these scofflaws.
on March 28,2012 | 09:49AM
Grimbold wrote:
They hate to catch their brothers, that's why.
on March 28,2012 | 12:00PM
9ronboz wrote:
on March 28,2012 | 09:52AM
false wrote:
on March 28,2012 | 10:26AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Does HPD monitor Kaukonahua Road? It's been the scene of many fatalities. The road is basically a straightaway so people who like to speed love that place.
on March 28,2012 | 11:12AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Does HPD monitor Kaukonahua Road? It's been the scene of many fatalities. The road is basically a straightaway so people who like to speed love that place.
on March 28,2012 | 11:13AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No they do not monitor it unless they get paid overtime.
on March 28,2012 | 12:17PM
wlsc wrote:
GREAT JOB HPD. Get those egotistic, inconsiderate, disrespectful creeps off the road!!!!!!!
on March 28,2012 | 01:09PM
atilter wrote:
yea - tell it like it is!
on March 28,2012 | 04:56PM
kais1269 wrote:
Happy Holidays! And, by the way, how much resources were used on this operation?
on March 28,2012 | 04:10PM
atilter wrote:
mahalo, HPD!
on March 28,2012 | 04:26PM
soundofreason wrote:
Today I realized my perception of HPD has changed....thanks to HPD. Saw two officers on the side of the road speaking with each other. A month ago, my thoughts would have been quite negative about seeing that but today, my thoughts were that they DESERVE a break now and again cause they've actually been busy out there. See how you can change your own image? Good job HPD.
on March 28,2012 | 06:41PM
glick wrote:
If you're allowed to cross a SOLID line when it's deemed safe,then why have a solid line in the first place? In my case, the Punahou exit always has jerks crossing over the middle solid line to suddenly make it to the exit. I almost got hit once while legally merging on by an clueless idiot crossing over that SOLID line. Solid line rule apparently can be overruled. Stupid double-standard! I always obey the solid line rule.
on March 28,2012 | 07:08PM
stingray65 wrote:
HPD should do this everyday. specially in the morning drivers on the phone or texting...using the shoulder lanes and among other things..another way to generate income to the state.
on March 28,2012 | 09:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Remember the big rear ender near Pearl City in the eastbound H-1 about a week ago that caused a complete unnecessary bottleneck during the morning rush hour? What is more important than keeping complete control of a 3000 pound projectile going at 55 MPH on a freeway? The front van's rear end was really smashed. All wheels start turning when that happens, including the competition for personal injury lawyer representation.
on March 28,2012 | 10:17PM
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