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Waimanalo crash leaves man, 26, in critical condition

Alcohol appears to be a factor in a Waimanalo crash that left a 26-year-old man in critical condition this morning, police said.

The crash happened about 2:30 a.m. on Ala Koa Street south of Huli Street.

The driver was northbound on Ala Koa when he lost control for unknown reasons and hit a parked vehicle, which struck two other parked vehicles, police said.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

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  • No learn. No matter how many times you tell people don’t drink and drive, they not going listen. At least innocent people, in cars or pedestrians were not involved.

  • In another news report, early Friday morning in Waialua, police went to investigate a domestic call, when a 23-year-old tried to escape. Got into his car and crashed head-on into a police cruiser. Arrested for DUI. Friday night, a driver rear-ended a police car at a traffic light. He reversed his vehicle trying to escape. Officer caught him and arrested him for DUI. Both officers treated for minor injuries. See, no learn.

  • These kind of people won’t learn until the authorities (including courts) start taking a strong stand against DUI. They need mandatory jail time for even first time DUI arrests. We should also impose heavier taxes on alcoholic beverages to hinder drinking and to pay for the needed enforcement against drinking drivers (like setting up checkpoints).

    Like it or not, we need to get drunken drivers off the road. The next fatality might be you.

    • Agreed. We have some of the weakest DUI penalties in the country. On top of that we have even weaker bleeding heart judges. Toxic combination that translates to some very dangerous roads.

  • There will come a technological fix for DUI once self-driving vehicles become affordable and commonplace. For now? The problem is there is little or no incentive to install as standard equipment breathalyzer interlocks and smart ID car ignitions. For car makers it does come down to a “chicken or the egg” argument.

    With the system we live with today, unless he’s living with a court-imposed breathalyzer interlock, a determined driver can ignore all the blood alcohol limits and all the licensing requirements you can shake a stick at.

  • “The driver was northbound on Ala Koa when he lost control for unknown reasons and hit a parked vehicle, which struck two other parked vehicles, police said.”

    I feel sorry for the owners of the parked vehicles.

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