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Police crack down on traffic violations in Kalihi, Pearl City and Honolulu

By Star-Advertiser staff


Honolulu police have been cracking down on traffic violations as part of the department’s Safer Roads campaign.

Operations were conducted Sunday and Monday in the central Honolulu, Pearl City and Kalihi police districts, police said on the Honolulu Police Department website.

Monday’s operation at Ward Avenue and Queen Street resulted in 51 citations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Twenty-nine citations were issued to drivers using mobile electronic devices, police said. Thirteen seatbelt violations were issued, one citation was for driving without a license, and five tickets were written up for moving violations. Two drivers did not have insurance, police said and there were two other miscellaneous violations.

Sunday’s Safer Roads operations were held between midnight and 4 a.m. in the three police districts. Police said officers issued 25 citations -- four for excessive speed, seven for speeding, two drivers did not have their licenses, one driver ran a red light, three had no insurance, two miscellaneous tickets and six moving violations were also issued. Police also arrested five people for driving under the influence and one person for reckless driving.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Goes to show most drive without regard to the law and it is not surprising that seniors get run over. If this campaign was run for a very long time, maybe 80% of drivers would need to show up in Traffic Court. And no more of this Ohana business.
on April 30,2013 | 08:07PM
berrygood wrote:
I'm a senior..and I don't believe it's a problem of drivers not obeying laws..There are so many other things that add to the problem of older folks and crosswalks..One thing is the ultra-dim energy saving street light they use now a days..Another is the amount of cross walks and the fact that many are blocked by parked cars..Especially in say Nuuanu..Another is that we live in a place where the amount of traffic has increased dramatically in the last 20 years and the city planners have been sitting on their hands ...Note we have the second worst traffic again..When you have lived in a neighborhood for most of your life, you may not realize that things change..Population increases and as a pedestrian you have to be aware..As far as these traffic operations go..Why not just park near any bar in honolulu and pick up as many drivers as you want..Or restaurant for that matter..These one day every six month campaigns don't impress me much..Nice press though..
on April 30,2013 | 09:38PM
false wrote:
Have u ever had a close call, that is to say, have u ever gotten nearly hit by a car, or have u been hit by a car? I qualify for AARP, except i do not think i am old enough to qualify as a "senior". Even at my age, though, I once went wandering out into a crosswalk not paying attention if the walk signal was white or not, and i had to backtrack and wait. If I get a little absent-minded and almost go into danger, then think of what happens to 70 and 80 year olds? I think seniors need to think a lot and not go holololo too much, especially walking, and even driving. Seniors need to stay home. Watch TV. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at home, unless someone, like a son or daughter is taking care of u.
on May 1,2013 | 06:57AM
SteveToo wrote:
Manini stuff. Waste time.
on April 30,2013 | 08:46PM
false wrote:
Last time they did this in Chinatown, Traffic Court was awash with violators. Chinatown is in the midst of The Financial Center of this town, so the rush rush mentality that exists there is no haven for seniors. Seniors will be seniors, so if one wants to be a very successful operator of a motor vehicle, one needs to hit the long drives great as well as be great in their short games, with an analogy to golf. In other words, go as fast as u can when u can, except when u turn corners near crosswalks with a lot of pedestrians, be prepared for a very tedious stop and go, because otherwise u will lose your patience and omg maybe hit a senior.
on May 1,2013 | 07:25AM
bumby2day wrote:
Honolulu Police Department should put more Officers at Piikoi St. and Lunalilo St. on ramp on a daily bases. I know that Officers are there couple times a week. That intersection is a BIG,BIG problem in the afternoon. One day I was talking to an Officer on that corner while waiting for the light to change, I ask him if he was working hard today and he just laugh at me. Then when the light turn RED, 3 motorist still try to move their car's up blocking the intersection right in front of the Officer and the Officer turn to me and said you think I'm working hard now and I just laugh at him. He then gave all three cars a ticket. Good Job! Need them there more everyday!
on April 30,2013 | 09:27PM
false wrote:
Yes if they want to collect, just be there and issue ticket after ticket after ticket. The issue lies at the entrance to the H-1 though. Many a driver will not drive on ahead and try to get into the freeway via an opening ahead of them. The driver will wait at the back of the line, creating a log jam onto Piikoi Street. So we have a difficult situation here. Drivers who are fast when they are not supposed to be fast (i.e. speeders) and drivers who are slow when they are not supposed to be slow (i.e., ok u go, no i go, no u go, no i go, then no one goes, lol). And for goodness sakes, please pass a law to get 70 year olds off the roads.a
on May 1,2013 | 07:31AM
false wrote:
i mean 70 year old drivers, so that they can ride DaTrain.
on May 1,2013 | 07:33AM
olos73 wrote:
So drive all you can now, cuz when you reach 70 we know you going ride Da Train, too.
on May 1,2013 | 08:40AM
roofustherhino wrote:
Yup, this area raises my blood pressure daily. Its two different areas. First is the intersection at Piikoi and Lunalilo, where people block the intersection. And then its right in front of the post office where people go down the left lane and cut over the solid white line to get onto the on ramp. So frustrating. People who follow the laws, get in the proper lane and slowly work our way up to the on ramp see people cutting in.
on May 1,2013 | 09:10AM
lynnh wrote:
It would be nice if they did their job 24/7 instead of getting off their buts only once in a while.
on April 30,2013 | 10:31PM
FrankieT wrote:
That is not a very smart comment.
on May 1,2013 | 04:52AM
bender wrote:
May not be smart in your eyes but it is correct. Why can't they do this everyday as part of their job instead of having the occasional crackdown. If they can find the time, the police are certainly welcome to come to my neighborhood and deal with the speeders and the people who don't stop for school buses that are stopped to load and unload kids.
on May 1,2013 | 05:40AM
false wrote:
Maybe what HPD could do is to have as their primary duties to ticket those that do not obey the law, in regard to driving, and then, if they get calls to say a burglary in progress, or a domestic dispute in progress, then they could respond to those, then go back to their driver ticketing duties, instead of being in their police stations and waiting for 911. When enough drivers get caught speeding, then the roads would be rid of unsafe drivers, and seniors can walk the streets with confidence again, as they did in the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s and the 1970s.
on May 1,2013 | 08:08AM
inuulu wrote:
Contrary to what you believe, police officers are constantly busy. I know numerous police officers who are constantly on the move reporting to different cases, which some of them are dumb cases where the gf is mad at her boyfriend so she wants to call the police or dumb, non-urgent matters, which take police off the road to respond to much more important cases. They are doing all they can to better our community and it is the responsibility of drivers to drive and obey the laws.
on May 1,2013 | 02:27PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
City needs to raise cash.
on May 1,2013 | 03:10AM
FrankieT wrote:
No, they are trying to make the streets safe, get a life
on May 1,2013 | 04:53AM
soundofreason wrote:
Out of 25 citations, three had no insurance. That's over 10%. And here's the kicker - the penalty imposed by the court is LESS than the price of insurance so..........why bother?
on May 1,2013 | 06:36AM
false wrote:
It will be more difficult to get insurance the next time. The database is comprehensive and all-knowing. Two or more speeding tickets will increase your premiums a lot.
on May 1,2013 | 06:58AM
Sunny wrote:
They have no intention of getting insurance so they don't care!
on May 1,2013 | 07:23AM
soundofreason wrote:
Exactly!! And the court penalties are so low they don't HAVE to care.
on May 1,2013 | 07:31AM
false wrote:
Need to have a law, that this lame legislature fails to pass year after year, that one cannot register a vehicle, without insurance. And if caught without insurance, then the HPD can impound your car. Imagine if even 15% of those on the roads are now taken off the roads, we would not need DaTrain. Also those that do not renew their safety check stickers. omg, Traffic Court is awash with those.
on May 1,2013 | 07:37AM
false wrote:
lol i meant to say that 15% of those on the roads without insurance.
on May 1,2013 | 07:38AM
false wrote:
Technically what i meant to say was that of all the cars on the road, maybe, just maybe 15% of them do not have insurance. Is that a fair number? The automobile insurance industry would know a much more accurate figure. Anyway, if all of those without insurance were taken off the roads, then our roads would flow smoother. Add to that, take off all of those that are seniors, say 70 or older, then, we have a cleaner and much more smooth flowing road system. In other words, no need DaTrain.
on May 1,2013 | 08:01AM
McCully wrote:
Instead of giving tickets for no insurance, just tow the car away until the owner can get the insurance or otherwise auction the car after one week.
on May 1,2013 | 10:03AM
Anonymous wrote:
Quite often those that offend with their cars have a criminal history, so this is no manini stuff.
on May 1,2013 | 07:01AM
Waokanaka wrote:
Pedestrians may have the law on their side, but my mother always said: "look BOTH ways before you cross a street and don't take it for granted that all cars will stop for you ". I see so many people, especially senior citizens, stride across the street without even looking at all lanes, as if they own the street. The law won't protect you from a distracted driver, so pay attention, you DO NOT own the streets. As far as I can tell, no pedestrian has EVER won a collision between a car and human. The ultimate prevention from being run over lies with the pedestrian. Remember what your mom always told you, even if you are old and forgetful. Your family will be grateful when you survive your walks because you paid attention.
on May 1,2013 | 08:15AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
unreal how many drivers you see everyday, surfing their phones while driving. chronics, what's so important on facebook?? put the phone down and catch up to the car 50 yards ahead of you. cars don't cause traffic, the drivers do.
on May 1,2013 | 08:40AM
jankenpo wrote:
Were the cars towed away for those caught without licenses and/or insurance or were these people allowed to drive away after the tickets were issued.
on May 1,2013 | 11:48AM
wlsc wrote:
good job!!!!!! keep it up!!!!!. get cameras too!!!!
on May 1,2013 | 12:37PM
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