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Wet roads blamed for rash of accidents

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:27 p.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013

Honolulu Police say a combination of wet roads and drivers going too fast may be responsible for a rash of crashes during the afternoon commute.

The Honolulu Police Department closed Likelike Highway twice Monday afternoon in the Kaneohe direction.

The highway was closed at 4:49 p.m. at Nalanieha Street in Kalihi after a three-car accident inside the Wilson Tunnel and reopened at about 5:30 p.m.

Police had just reopened Likelike Highway at about 4:22 p.m. to clear six separate accidents that stretched right before the entrance to the Wilson Tunnel to about a mile outside the tunnel on the Kaneohe side at about 4 p.m..

Police also reported three other accidents that may be related to slick roads.

The Department of Emergency Management reminded motorists to use caution when driving on wet roads in rainy weather.


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Frances wrote:
LIKELIKE HIGHWAY IS *KANEOHE-BOUND*, not KAILUA-BOUND!!! Please inform your reporters of the island's place names. Mahalo
on July 29,2013 | 04:50PM
wn wrote:
Is it really the weather or simply irresponsible driving behavior on the road? Personally, I 've seen an increase in some reckless behavior and the more passive acts of distraction (i.e. cell phone / texting) while driving. We need to start clamping down before these accidents escalate to serious bodily injury or death...would be sad to lose a loved one before their time...is anyone taking notice and going to do something? Hello...
on July 29,2013 | 05:30PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
hawaii is #1 in worst drivers
on July 29,2013 | 05:34PM
kk808 wrote:
Irresponsible drivers are the same regardless of the weather or road conditions.
on July 29,2013 | 07:35PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Too many safety features on today's cars give the driver a false sense to protection. Take the anti- lock brakes. They think that the car will stop no matter how bad they drive. The two second rule in following still applies.
on July 30,2013 | 05:46AM
downtown wrote:
Exactly. It ain't the wet roads. It rains, especially near the tunnels. This is Hawaii, not Arizona. It's simply incompetent, careless, and selfish drivers. Don't blame the cars either. Cars are safer and handle better than ever before. It's bad drivers, period. And, I see more of them every day. Unfortunately, you can't legislate out stupidity. Put the blame where it belongs. Between the seat and the steering wheel.
on July 30,2013 | 10:00AM
Mahina808 wrote:
It would help if Hawaii drivers slowed down in the tunnel when the lights are not working properly and road is wet.
on July 29,2013 | 05:51PM
Papakolea wrote:
Please be safe out there.
on July 29,2013 | 06:14PM
Skyler wrote:
It's a wonder there aren't more accidents because plenty people don't know how to drive in the rain. They don't turn on their lights so the person behind them can see their car, they don't slow down, and they tailgate.
on July 29,2013 | 06:23PM
olos73 wrote:
Agree about tailgating. Sometimes I can look in my rearview mirror and I can't even see the hood of the car behind me. Just like the driver behind me is my passenger in the back seat.
on July 30,2013 | 08:34AM
downtown wrote:
That's a good one. "The driver behind me is so close I thought he was my backseat passenger." Hahaha...
on July 30,2013 | 10:02AM
clum56 wrote:
Wow, just rain and a driver flips the their pick up truck, was speed a factor I asume so. That person should live on the mainland where roads get icy and slick during the winter and roads are in a lot worse driving conditions that just a good old Thunderstorm and large amounts of rain.!!!!!! I live in Minnesota and can not believe that one would flip their pick up truck with just rain during the day, Oh well that's driving in Honolulu!!!
on July 30,2013 | 02:49AM
mikethenovice wrote:
When it snows, nobody dares to tailgate.
on July 30,2013 | 05:47AM
mikethenovice wrote:
People in Hawaii drive like its sunny and dry everyday. They don't understand that the water on the road affects the ability to control a vehicle stopping distance.
on July 30,2013 | 05:43AM
lew4543 wrote:
Very interesting....it's the fault of the wet road that there were so many accidents. The yahoos behind the wheel driving like idiots had nothing to do with it. One thing to look forward to...when the rail gets here and it rains won't have any problems on the roads because everyone will be riding the rail. Should have a law by then making everyone ride the rail just like a law making everyone buy health insurance. Fine everyone that doesn't ride the rail and the fines will pay for it without raising taxes too much.
on July 30,2013 | 08:11AM
jussayin wrote:
Maybe part of the reason is the news media making the 'event' sound like it's the end of the world.
on July 30,2013 | 09:41AM
engineersoldier wrote:
Poorly designed tunnel distracted and poorly skilled drivers poor signage=guaranteed problems
on July 30,2013 | 02:49PM
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