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'Safer Roads' crackdown leads to DUI arrests, tickets for bicyclists and skateboarders

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:11 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2013

Honolulu police traffic enforcement efforts on the Fourth of July led to 14 arrests for driving under the influence on Oahu freeways and in Waikiki, police said.

Police also cited bicyclists and skateboard riders on the Ala Wai Promenade.

The citations and arrests were part of what police call "Safer Roads" traffic enforcement efforts.

Police said earlier they are conducting DUI checkpoints this weekend throughout Oahu.

According to the Honolulu Police Department website, traffic officers conducted "Safer Roads" enforcement efforts in Waikiki on Kalakaua and Kuhio avenues from 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. and at the Ala Wai Promenade from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

They also patrolled Oahu freeways and major highways from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Kamakila Boulevard nd Na'u Place in Kapolei from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

In Waikiki, police issued 9 skateboard citations, 6 bicycle violations, 3 pedestrian citations and arrested 4 people for DUI.

The freeway enforcement effort led to 92 citations -- 4 for excessive speeding, 45 speeding, 9 no insurance tickets, 7 driving without a license citations, 1 revoked license violations, 2 tickets for using a mobile electronic device while driving, and 24 other tickets. Police also made 12 arrests -- 10 for DUI and two for other alleged offenses.

In Kapolei, police cited 6 people for driving while using a mobile device, 2 for child safety seat violations, three tickets for driving without a license, 12 miscellaneous tickets, one speeding and 4 other moving violations.

Police also conducted "Safer Roads" efforts in McCully and near the main police station on Wednesday

At South Beretania and Artesian streets, police issued 94 citations -- 34 for failing to stop for pedestrians, 29 seat belt violations, 14 tickets for using a mobile device while driving, 9 miscellaneous tickets, 2 for driving without a license and 4 no  insurance tickets between 2:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

A DUI roadblock on Alapai and Beretania streets from 11:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. resulted in 8 arrests -- 6 for driving under the influence, 1 for refusing to submit to a DUI test, and another arrest for a traffic offense. Police also cited one person for driving without a license.

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jwaldrip7 wrote:
Thanks HPD
on July 6,2013 | 09:40AM
Spikette wrote:
Kudos to HPD. Council should provide funding so it can be done 24/7.
on July 6,2013 | 12:01PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I drove up Alapai passing Beretania at 12:45 am and did not see a DUI roadblock. Who at HPD is being untruthful about this or providing false information to the SA?
on July 6,2013 | 11:02AM
eoe wrote:
Wow, you figured out the great HPD conspiracy. Probably it is somehow connected to the UN, Agenda 21, black helicopters and Obama's "missing" birth certificate. Or, maybe it is because you drove through there at almost 1 in the morning, and the roadblock was in the early afternoon.
on July 6,2013 | 11:25AM
RichardCory wrote:
:slow clap:
on July 6,2013 | 11:26AM
pakeheat wrote:
Hey eoe maybe you need to read the last paragraph better or do you need glasses? livinginhawaii is correct the DUI roadblock was set up on Alapai and Beretainia just before midnight till 2:45am, go back to school, LOL.
on July 6,2013 | 12:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I didn't see it either but I was drunk at the time.
on July 6,2013 | 04:26PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Um 11:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. is not "early afternoon" as you incorrectly state. In regard to Barry's birth certificate, you really need to move on with your life and face the fact that he is President. Continue to read and believe the supermarket hot sheets...MIB.
on July 6,2013 | 11:05PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Another typical culprit trying to say something that all of us should defer.
on July 7,2013 | 05:15AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
It would go a long way if HPD can do these checks on a consistent basis.
on July 6,2013 | 11:10AM
stogie002 wrote:
Indeed it would, but it all boils down to economics...checkpoints take man power = more hours = more pay = more taxes. It would be nice if we could have road blocks 7 days a week in my opinion but financially, it is just not feasible.
on July 7,2013 | 07:22AM
soundofreason wrote:
No, NOT more. Same guys would just be doing something else, somewhere else. When, I went to Vegas for 8 days, I saw a radar gun on me THREE times. THREE times in 8 days. It's July now, and I've seen a Hawaii radar gun three times ALL YEAR. WHAT are these "same" people doing when they're NOT doing these checkpoints?

Our population base is about the same as Vegas. I'd REALLY be curious to know how many citations their police issue compared to HPD.

on July 7,2013 | 08:29AM
kahuku01 wrote:
soundofreason: As of 2012, the population base between the city of Honolulu and Las Vegas is totally out of proportion. As for the population count, Las Vegas is rank 31 and Honolulu is rank 54. Las Vegas has a population of 596,424 and covers 135.815 sq miles. Honolulu has a population of 345.256 and covers 60.521 sq miles. There are more traffic citations, more crimes, and more police officers in Vegas compared to Honolulu. Eight days at Vegas doesn't give you the overall incidents that actually takes place versus what took place within a year in Honolulu.
on July 7,2013 | 09:26AM
soundofreason wrote:
Not entirely accurate. The Las Vegas "valley" (not just the city proper) area is about the same span of area as all of Oahu. Keep in mind the city technically STOPS at the east west street of Sahara which is where "The Strip" only starts. The strip is also part of the Las Vegas valley. To get a more accurate picture, you would have to look up the population of Clark County as you would look up Honolulu county here.

"The 2010 population of the Las Vegas metropolitan area was 1,951,269.[4] Today, Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world."

That's been before the continued decline due to their local economy


on July 7,2013 | 10:38AM
kahuku01 wrote:
soundofreason: Either you have to be clear as to what you're referring to. You did mention the city of Las Vegas and the city of Honolulu and not the county as you're referring to in your response. Either you make yourself clear by talking about both cities and not county or island. So I will defer on this subject since you're contradicting what you stated in your previous comment on July 7, 2013/08:29AM.
on July 7,2013 | 11:10AM
soundofreason wrote:
and the WORD "Honolulu" NEVER was uttered by my in my original post. YOU hooked into THAT term before your comparison model.
on July 7,2013 | 11:18AM
soundofreason wrote:
"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Valley">>> 600 square miles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oahu >>>>>596.7 square miles

Can't get much closer than that

on July 7,2013 | 10:58AM
kahuku01 wrote:
soundofreason: Oahu is not considered a city if you want to compare it with Las Vegas. Now you're talking about the City and County of Honolulu which is the whole island of Oahu and is considered the County. I can say Clark County which comprises of Las Vegas and other cities will surpass the 600 sq miles but that is not the issue. You don't have to quote me web sites because when you talk about apples and oranges, web sites don't really matter.
on July 7,2013 | 11:52AM
soundofreason wrote:
I was talking about two comparable AREAS and their police forces. Apples and oranges, and the slicing and dicing of cities/counties thereof, all came into play due to YOUR efforts of saying WHY my INITIAL concept was flawed. YOU brought up the term HONOLULU while I was talking about our AREA. My example, and it's numbers stand of Vegas (and it's valley) and "HERE" is valid. People, common sense people, don't envision Vegas STOPPING at the "The Strip", where the county starts.
on July 7,2013 | 12:12PM
soundofreason wrote:
LVMPD >>>Headquarters 400 S. Martin L. King Boulevard; Las Vegas, Nevada Police Officers 2,743 (2011) Sheriff responsible Douglas C. Gillespie>> Far right column of ...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Metropolitan_Police_Department

Kobayashi said city leaders were initially caught off guard by the arbitration agreement with the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, which represents roughly 2,900 police personnel in Hono­lulu and the counties of Kauai, Maui and Hawaii>>> In other article in today's SA ......http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/20130707_Paying_for_police_raises_could_be_challenging.html?id=214515961

Again, can't get much closer than that for a comparison of performance.

on July 7,2013 | 11:29AM
kahuku01 wrote:
soundofreason: You're too much. Now you're comparing the state of Hawaii police force versus the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Metro Police force=2,743. Honolulu Police force=1900. State of Hawaii police force=2900. There's a big difference in numbers when you start comparing the state of Hawaii versus the city of Las Vegas.
on July 7,2013 | 12:00PM
soundofreason wrote:
And WHERE is 80% of Hawaii's population? Oahu. If HPD doesn't HAVE 2300 officers here, that FURTHER supports my point of this "AREA" is NOT being run (staffed properly) like the LVMPD that I was comparing them TO!

The remaining difference in officers would be accounted for Vegas' THIRTY NINE million visitors vs our visitor population of one FOURTH of that.

on July 7,2013 | 12:39PM
soundofreason wrote:
Here is exactly where you went of kilter. If you can't see the extreme SIMPLE contrast of me seeing a radar gun 3 times in EIGHT days compared to 3 times in 7 MONTHS here, YOU can't see the forest through the trees and I can't help you. YOU want to talk about what KIND of trees.
on July 7,2013 | 12:59PM
olos73 wrote:
Way to go HPD, but I bet most of these driving violators are back on the streets already. DUI, excessive speeding, no licenses, no insurance, using mobile devices. Judicial system gotta keep these people off the streets. I'm sure many are repeat offenders.
on July 6,2013 | 11:12AM
eoe wrote:
"I bet." Based on what? Your raging case of confirmation bias?
on July 6,2013 | 11:26AM
pakeheat wrote:
BTW eoe, do most of the violators get arrested on the spot, or some of them will pay fines later since they were issued citations? What is your assessment?
on July 6,2013 | 12:14PM
olos73 wrote:
So eoe, you think they rushed to the DMV to get their licenses, or went home to look for an insurance company, or stopped using mobile devices AND drove the legal speed limits? I bet you NOT.
on July 6,2013 | 02:35PM
stogie002 wrote:
olos, that's a very safe bet. I'm with you on that one.
on July 7,2013 | 07:24AM
kahuku01 wrote:
eoe: Since you have a problem expressing yourself, or deciphering olos73 "I bet," it's only obvious that you need a grade school explanation. "I bet" as quoted by olos73 as I interpreted to mean is that, since majority of these arrest and citations were considered "misdemeanor" (a crime less than a felony) and after paying their fines, if applicable, they were release to go home and not to jail. As a result, they are back on the streets again and usually committing the same offense.
on July 7,2013 | 06:13AM
olos73 wrote:
@kahuku01, Mahalo.
on July 7,2013 | 08:48AM
kahuku01 wrote:
olos73: At times, we do come across people like eoe, who has a difficult time deciphering other people's thoughts and require patience and a clear elementary explanation. Hang in there, while others and I know that your comment is a true occurring cycle.
on July 7,2013 | 09:45AM
soundofreason wrote:
RE..occurring. THAT'S the problem. You're losing the real impact of the comment in your "deciphering".
on July 7,2013 | 11:42AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Boy am I glad to see this. Now how about every intersection, throughout the year. "At South Beretania and Artesian streets, police issued 94 citations -- 34 for failing to stop for pedestrians, 29 seat belt violations, 14 tickets for using a mobile device while driving, 9 miscellaneous tickets, 2 for driving without a license and 4 no insurance tickets between 2:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m" Would be nice. How about foot patrolmen in the Precincts.
on July 6,2013 | 11:49AM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
Mahalo HPD! I love that they got more than DUI's - that is a lot of violations in 2-1/2 hrs - way to go! Hopefully, you guys will set one up at Lunalilo and Piioki Streets - that intersection is an accident waiting to happen. I'll bet there would be more than red light runners. I like the afternoon setups - people don't expect it and can't avoid it - and boom, caught without a driver's license, no insurance, not stopping for pedestrians, not wearing a seat belt and talking on a cell. I believe afternoons are a good time to catch these folks.
on July 6,2013 | 12:38PM
bumby2day wrote:
So many people do care about the cell phone and seat belt LAW even driving close to the Police Station, I walk home ever day and you can see a lot of driver on their cell phone and no seat belt, you can stand right in front of the Police Station and you see drivers on their cell phone and no seat belt they don't care if they get caught. Why don't you try it, you be very surprise to see how many driver break the law.
on July 6,2013 | 01:34PM
honopic wrote:
How about this idea? HPD officers get to keep the money collected from fines on the citations they issue, but the amount must be deducted from their recent pay raises. Win-win situation for taxpayers. DUI's, illegal or uninsured drivers off the road, pedestrians, cyclists, and yakking or texting drivers held accountable for their actions, and Honolulu becomes a safer, more fiscally responsible city. Am I dreaming, o wot?
on July 6,2013 | 01:40PM
nitpikker wrote:
its not going to make any difference as far as the dui,no license and no insurance citations! the same people are going to be back out tomorrow doing the exact same illegal activity. police need to impound vehicles not have a friend or relative come to drive the vehicle away. the illegal drivers are laughing ALL THE WAY HOME!!
on July 6,2013 | 02:04PM
nitpikker wrote:
as far as fines?!? they don't pay no stinking fines!! again, LAUGHING ALL THE WAY HOME!!
on July 6,2013 | 02:06PM
kahuku01 wrote:
nitpikker: The DUI, no license, no insurance driver must attend and complete a drivers course, pay all fines, and pay $1,000.00 before the vehicle is release from impoundment. The laws must be strict for these drivers because many innocent people have died or have become handicapped for life because of these irresponsible individuals. After paying all the fines and impoundment fee, many drivers won't be laughing all the way home.
on July 7,2013 | 06:49AM
noheawilli wrote:
Just curious what the cyclists and pedestrians doing? Are we talking such dangerous activities as Jay walking?
on July 6,2013 | 03:49PM
Mike174 wrote:
Any tickets for camping on the sidewalk?
on July 6,2013 | 07:17PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
eoe needs to go back to 1st grade reading comprehension and clock class.
on July 6,2013 | 11:20PM
sailfish1 wrote:
So why isn't this kind of thing being done more frequently? Or was this to make an impression on the citizens to warrant their big pay raise?
on July 7,2013 | 01:46AM
kahuku01 wrote:
sailfish1: It's not a matter of HPD making an impression on the citizens to warrant their big pay raise. The pay raise is approved and HPD was doing their normal duties, protecting the public from DUI drivers. Evidently, you've become aware of these "traffic enforcement efforts" by reading the SA, but these efforts have been part of the HPD duties for years, especially during any holiday event such as the fourth of July when a lot of celebration and drinking occur. Where have you been? As long as police officers are on duty, there have been arrest made for DUI and other infractions, but "traffic enforcement efforts" are not as stringent as it is during the designated holidays. This is a very positive thing that HPD have done and will continue to do, especially, protecting the innocent drivers and pedestrians from becoming a fatality by an unconcerned DUI driver. Why do you think MADD was organized? Because of these stupid DUI drivers. I hope I've answered your question as to why.
on July 7,2013 | 05:43AM
soundofreason wrote:
First off, GREAT work HPD - Just would like to see more of it. Now, moving on....

"The freeway enforcement effort led to 92 citations -- 4 for excessive speeding, 45 speeding, 9 no insurance tickets, 7 driving without a license citations">>> The people cited for for no insurance and not drivers license where pulled over for some previously noted infraction and were THEN found to have no insurance. So subtract off the 9 for no insurance at in was 83 people who pulled over to THEN find out they have no insurance. 83 people.....9 of which had no insurance. GREATER than 10%.

And the legitimate, paying, citizens wonder why THEIR insurance/registration costs are going up?

Advertiser Staff needs to take this a step further to learn WHY this no insurance ratio is so high. These individuals will now go to a monthly auto insurance company before their court date and buy 1 month of insurance so, at court, they can show they have insurance in place AFTER the citation....the judge will DISMISS their case with no penalty despite not having insurance coverage AT THE TIME OF THE CITATION. They will leave court and DIScontinue paying their insurance....AGAIN.... because the fine, or NO FINE, for not having insurance is cheaper than continuing coverage.

Our local system has TAUGHT them how to work the system - so they do. And it pays to because there is no SUBSTANTIAL penalty for not having insurance. Go to traffic court. It will turn your stomach.

on July 7,2013 | 07:55AM
kahuku01 wrote:
soundofreason: It sounds like a typical case scenario about "no insurance" coverage and like you've mentioned, they are always trying to beat the system. The problem with majority of the auto insurance is that they cannot refuse to insure anyone, especially if a person has a bad driving record but if they do, than their premiums will be extremely high, high, high. I must agree with you that the laws must change because it's too lenient for the ones that are not complying with the law. Blame the state legislatures for not making things right and putting more stringent penalties on the ones that are crooked.
on July 7,2013 | 11:34AM
soundofreason wrote:
Agreed. Also, in many states, UNlike here, State officials have made/allowed insurance companies to hook in with state DMV departments. If you stop your insurance, the State gets notified, and you get a notification that your license is about to get revoked DUE to no insurance. Same happens in reverse if that particular state revokes/suspends your license for other reasons. The insurance company then gets notified and you get a notice from the insurance company that your insurance will be cancelled as your license is no longer in good standing. A good checks and balances system. Apparently much too sophisticated for here though.
on July 7,2013 | 11:48AM
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