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Police issue 90 citations in Ewa Beach Safer Roads crackdown

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:17 a.m. HST, Aug 09, 2013

Honolulu police issued 90 citations during a Safer Roads enforcement operation in Ewa Beach at Fort Weaver Road and Kaimalie Street Wednesday afternoon.

Police said officers issued 31 cross walk violation tickets, 17 citations for seat belt violations, 11 for using a mobile device, 15 miscellaneous violations, 3 tickets for driving without a license, 8 citations for no insurance and 5 speeding tickets.

Last month, police announced that they will be stepping up enforcement of pedestrian safety laws at busy intersections after a spike in pedestrian deaths on Oahu.

There have been 15 pedestrian deaths so far, putting Oahu on pace to exceed the 17 pedestrians deaths on average per year.

Police will be stepping up enforcement of the cross walk law for drivers and jaywalking laws for pedestrians, Police Chief Louis Kea­loha said at a news conference on July 23.

The law requires a driver to stop and yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a cross walk when the pedestrian is on the same side of the road on which the driver is traveling. The fine for violating the law is $97.

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SueH wrote:
I wonder why the Police Dep't. chose Ewa Beach....potential "good fishing"?
on August 8,2013 | 07:13PM
false wrote:
I'd say any location on Oahu would be a target rich environment for issuing tickets.
on August 8,2013 | 07:18PM
serious wrote:
You are correct. But, I might add that the fines are way too low. Make it $500 for a mobile phone use and that will get people's attention.
on August 9,2013 | 08:04AM
Cantopop wrote:
on August 9,2013 | 09:02AM
808MILILANI wrote:
After sitting in traffic for an hour, of course you're going to drive faster your last mile at home.. Kind of targetting Ewa Beach commuters. what percent of Oahu lives in Ewa Beach?
on August 8,2013 | 07:41PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Good possibility that the Ewa citizens complained to HPD. But it's always " Why am I ticketed?" we meant the other people.
on August 8,2013 | 07:44PM
scooters wrote:
How about stepping up SPEED ENFORCEMENT in the Enchanted Lake area, like on Keolu Dr and Hamakua. Haven't seen an officer in these areas for a very long time.
on August 8,2013 | 08:10PM
Slow wrote:
Selective high saturation enforcement (with the attendant publicity) can be an effective deterrent. Good job, HPD.
on August 8,2013 | 08:17PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
So please provide an educated answer as to how a seat belt violation makes the road safer?
on August 8,2013 | 08:20PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Possibly because when you get into a traffic accident and are thrown from your vehicle, your blood and guts will be strewn all over the road and make it slippery for other motorists and cause more accidents.
on August 9,2013 | 07:01AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
That's good - I didn't think of that one.
on August 9,2013 | 07:27AM
ghstar wrote:
Another target-rich environment: The H1 off ramp intersection with Makakilo Drive. Drivers don't even slow down for the red light when turning to go up Makakilo Drive. Pedestrians with the walk signal to cross the intersection are just ignored or not seen by the drivers.
on August 8,2013 | 08:54PM
SteveToo wrote:
I would contest any cross walk violation given to me. I learned in the middle of the last century how to cross busy NYC streets so why would I worry about crossing any street in Hawai`i where I want to cross it?
on August 8,2013 | 09:09PM
Big C wrote:
Hmmm, so how long have you been living in Hawaii. I believe the cross walk violation that the article is referring to pertains to the driver not giving a "SMART" pedestrian the right of way.
on August 9,2013 | 05:00AM
jtamura69 wrote:
They should raise the fines for traffic violations. That's the only way these people are going to learn. Hawaii should be like some mainland states where the first violation is $1000.
on August 8,2013 | 09:10PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Good idea. Will probably make us for any budgetary shortfall.
on August 9,2013 | 07:02AM
bumby2day wrote:
31 cross walk violation in Ewa Beach, try Downtown area you can get 31 in less then an one hour, people don't care about the count down there, every corner and I mean every corner people still walking when the count goes 4,3,2,1,and make the driver miss the light because them, put the Honolulu Police Department there for one week and you get OVER a thousand violation and you can take all that money put it in the bank for a rain day.
on August 8,2013 | 09:21PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I tell you, we can make up any budget deficiency we have by doing this more often.
on August 9,2013 | 06:58AM
808Cindy wrote:
We need a lot more of these "Safe Roads Crackdowns", too many people are breaking driving laws, getting CAUGHT should be the talk at work and home .... A change in driving behavior must be done.
on August 9,2013 | 07:41AM
Shawn211 wrote:
Would you expect anything less coming from Ewa Beach? Driving w/o licence, driving w/o insurance, driving w/ cell phone..HPD should be reinforcing these safety control at all points of the island. It happens everywhere?????
on August 9,2013 | 07:53AM
Mahalo wrote:
The reason why Ewa Beach is targeted and that area is 1. This is a 6 lane road andright in that area goes down to 4 lanes, and the speed limit changes from 35 to 25 so easy to catch 2. This intersection has no stop light yet it should, this is the same area that the young kids tragically died last year when they should have been in School when the pool flipped the SUV and killed the girl. 3. Next anyone who drives on Kalanianaole Highway, a 6 lane road knows better than to speed because over the years they had set up so many speed traps.. I think the police are only trying to gain the same respect on Ft. Weaver as the average speed is 55 on that road.
on August 9,2013 | 11:01AM
realist3463 wrote:
How about enforcing noise ordinances related to motorcycles and non-standard mufflers on cars. Ka-Ching to the C&C coffers. Kam Hwy in Kaaawa on Sundays is a target rich environment.
on August 9,2013 | 04:45PM
sanoname wrote:
Wish that man wear brighjt color shirt safer I guess I passed with flying color he gave me ok hand sign
on August 9,2013 | 07:59PM
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