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Portions of H-1, H-3 to close for HPD escort training

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:43 a.m. HST, Nov 29, 2012

Portions of H-1 and H-3 freeways between Honolulu Airport and the Windward side will be shut down this afternoon and again Tuesday night so Honolulu police can conduct escort training.

The first closure will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. today and again from 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Both sides of the roadways will be closed.

Portions of Kaneohe Bay Drive will also be closed, police said.

Motorists are advised to avoid these areas and use alternate routes.

While the Honolulu Police Department would not disclose the reason for the training, President Barack Obama and his family are again expected to visit Oahu and stay in Kailua during the Christmas break.

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hanoz808 wrote:
really??? right before rush hour???
on November 28,2012 | 03:27PM
smooshpappy wrote:
The least they could do is provide a map showing the affected sections!!!
on November 29,2012 | 12:07PM
TheMajority wrote:
The least you could do is behave with a little more selflessness.
on November 30,2012 | 10:47AM
kainalu wrote:
Unbelievable. Jam up traffic on purpose. Training? What - these guys don't get extensive training otherwise? smh
on November 28,2012 | 03:58PM
SteveToo wrote:
Didn't we "lose" one officer during one of these training runs a few years ago?
on November 28,2012 | 05:09PM
inverse wrote:
Actually TWO HPD officers have been killed in escort detail: One in training and the other actually crashing his motorcycle in a presidential motorcade when one of the presidents was in Honolulu. I don't think it was released to the public how the officer died in the training incident however the officer Favela, lost control of his bike on a wet road and broke his leg and unfortunately severed a major artery in his broken leg which he bled to death. If HPD is not stubborn and close minded like the current UH football coach, hopefully HPD escort detail would have learned from the TWO deaths and for this current escort detail, upgraded their BMW motorcycles to include both traction control and antilock brakes AND require those riders on escort detail to wear motorcycle specific pants and jackets that look like the standard issue uniform BUT have body armor pads such as hip and knee pads hidden in the clothes. They make em' ventilated so no excuse to not use these protective clothes in Hawaii weather. Like in a race, it is inevitable there will be other crashes as these officers in escort detail are pushing themselves and their bikes to their limits. The only thing that can and should be done is to require protective gear to increase the survivability of the crash and to utilize the latest in technology such as traction control on the bike, which is available with bikes they use
on November 29,2012 | 05:12AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You better not cry

You better not pout

Barry and the girls are coming to town.

on November 28,2012 | 05:19PM
aomohoa wrote:
It will only be worse when the President comes.
on November 28,2012 | 06:13PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
HPD is training escorts? Awesome!!!
on November 28,2012 | 06:29PM
Bothrops wrote:
Escort service in a police state?
on November 28,2012 | 08:26PM
localguy wrote:
And the reason why this training could not be done on low traffic days like Saturday and Sunday are? While it may involve some overtime to HPD officers, it would be a pittance compared to the cost of disrupting the time of thousands of drivers. Oh, let's see if DOT updates their road advisory signs to advise of this training. Normally the signs are seldom accurate.
on November 28,2012 | 08:33PM
FrankieT wrote:
Wouldn't be nice to have a light rail and ride right by the training!
on November 29,2012 | 12:22AM
inverse wrote:
The Oahu rail is a HEAVY rail project AND train riders would be required to take connecting buses to/from rail stations since the on the W side, the train terminates in a empty field in Kapolei. Therefore train riders would STILL be delayed during these freeway shutdowns by HPD. This what happens when people allow themselves to be influenced by propaganda.
on November 29,2012 | 04:33AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
FrankieT wrote: "Wouldn't be nice to have a light rail and ride right by the training!"

I think you need to refresh your memory on the proposed rail route and then read the article again.

"Portions of H-1 and H-3 freeways between Honolulu International Airport and the Windward side will be shut down...."

You don't really care though, do you?
on November 29,2012 | 08:06AM
TheMajority wrote:
I think they need train like they work. Stay out of their way.
on November 29,2012 | 12:25AM
dufus wrote:
Have fun JBPHH workers..!
on November 29,2012 | 01:57AM
hanoz808 wrote:
is it that hard to escort?
on November 29,2012 | 11:14AM
Bdpapa wrote:
HPD will not do anything unless they get paid for it. They probably got Federal monies for training, special duty etc.
on November 29,2012 | 11:25AM
TheMajority wrote:
Or they could have just earned the paycheck that's due, when you work for a living.
on November 30,2012 | 10:42AM
TheMajority wrote:
Only the best of the best ride and get the honor of escorting the US President. We shouldn't be jealous of these young officers and their once in a lifetime opportunity.
on November 30,2012 | 10:44AM
false wrote:
You'd think they never did something like this before but considering HPD I guess they need the practice.
on November 29,2012 | 01:29PM
TheMajority wrote:
Practice makes perfect.
on November 30,2012 | 10:40AM
Mana07 wrote:
Congratulations Hawaii....you wanted it you got it. No grumble!!!
on November 29,2012 | 03:03PM
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