Spidey-Sense

June 27th, 2012
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Last Thursday on my way home, I approached the intersection of Hoolaulea and Moanalua Rd as I've done thousands of times before and await my turn to make a left down Hoolaulea. It wasn't any different from any other day and there wasn't anything to signal otherwise...... until I got a chill.

As I sat on my motorcycle in the middle of the intersection waiting to turn left, the light turned yellow and three cars gassed it up and sped through as the light turned red. Could they have stopped? No doubt but there must have been some confusion as to which pedal was the brake and pressed the wrong one.

Yeah, dat was said very sarcastically WWD! style. :roll:

So I sat there still in the middle of the intersection - yes, smack dab in the MIDDLE........

From WWD!

Now for some of you dat always tink I get my camera ready for everything, dis is NOT a live pic I took while waiting. It's from Google Maps so relax au'ight? :lol:

Anyways, at that intersection, the far left lane is a left turn only and the two others are straight through.

*** Drivah's Ed 101: Might I remind some people that the proper way to making a left turn is to approach the intersection and turn only when it's safe. Whoever is next, is supposed to wait at the THICK WHITE PAINTED line and approach once the vehicle ahead has gone through (it's actually a STOP line for those who don't know the difference) so in case the light changes, you're not stuck in the middle of the intersection blocking traffic. Just so happens that the picture above of the exact location is a fine example of how it's "supposed" to look like. ***

Now back to da mo'olelo.

As I sat there watching da three lolo's speed through an already turned red light, I shook my head and muttered things I cannot repeat in print but I just sat there not moving. There was a truck behind me dat was on my okole (remembah da Drivah's Ed 101 tip above? Well da truck drivah needs to reeducate himself.) and gave me a quick toot to go..... but I didn't. I didn't look back nor did I even give a "friendly salute", I just sat there.

Don't ask me why but my spidey-sense was tingling as I stared at a car coming in the opposite direction about 150 meters away. The picture is pretty small but if you're able to see the third car from the left lane is near the second light pole and most light poles are about 150m apart (Google) so it was a considerable distance away.

Could I have turned and made it through? Absolutely no doubt. I probably could have gotten off da bike and walked it across safely and the truck behind would have been just as good. Instead, I just sat there waiting.

Now all this waiting may sound long to you but all this happened in a course of about three seconds. Sure, three seconds isn't long but when you're "waiting", three seconds is like three minutes. Try wait three seconds in traffic or at a light and see what happens - you going be da most popular vehicle on da road.

I just continued to stare at this white car and noticed that the front end wasn't going down. In case you didn't know, the most powerful brakes on a vehicle - and a motorcyle - are the front wheels, not the back hence the rear wheels screech because all the power and weight gets shifted to the front.

The car was approaching at a pretty fast speed and and it was one of those moments that you knew it wasn't slowing down and if it wanted to stop, it would have come to a screeching halt. I just waited and as it zoomed by, I gunned my engine multiple times near redline to catch his attention (my exhaust is loud dat way)..... and I get da stink eye like I'm da lolo.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Did da lolo not even realize he was blatantly speeding through a RED LIGHT??? There were no other cars traveling near him going through the intersection - except da three lolo's dat already blazed through waaaay before him - and it's an obvious intersection with lights. I muttered things again that would make an explicit rap song a nursey rhyme.

As I made my turn aftah da idiot passed by, da car waiting to go up Hoolaulea did a double take as if there were going to be oddah cars zooming by and looked up again to see if she had da green light. At that moment I realized dat if I had gone wen I "should" have gone, there would have been a definite fatality. Da idiot would have definitely plowed into anoddah car either going up or down Hoolaulea and it would have been disastrous for anybody involved.

Wen I shared my mo'olelo wit Da Wife latah dat evening, she said there was a bad accident at da same spot when she came home dat very same night wea had debris all ovah with emergency vehicles at da scene. Dat only happened a couple of hours aftah..... ho, chicken skin moment.

I couldn't help but wondah if it was "supposed" to happen and then I thanked God dat Da Wife didn't come home earlier.








18 Responses to “Spidey-Sense”

  1. M:

    First!


  2. M:

    Howzit BL!
    I see plenty times kars going true da red light now days. If you da first kar in da intersection, you need to look both ways befo you go, no just go when da light turn green, look first, den go.


  3. wafan:

    Any more it seems like the yellow light means go faster and red means the others better watch out for the lolos. Wee that behavior up here all the time. Amazing the police or city cannot make a ton of cash on red-light cameras. Seems those who protest the loudest are the one's who break the law the most.


  4. NKHEA:

    fort


  5. zzzzzz:

    BL, the reason the front end goes down when you jam on the brakes is because the brakes are applied to the wheels, so the only thing that makes the rest of the car slow down is their connection to the wheels, and everything else is above the wheels. If you had air brakes on the top of your car, the front end would go up.

    Wafan, you are absolutely right. The main reason the vancams were so unpopular is because of they actually caught people speeding.


  6. Lowtone123:

    Das why I don't walk into a crosswalk until I see the cars stop or I look into the driver's eyes to make sure they see me.


  7. cojef:

    LA took the cameras out. Tickets were not being paid and not enough police to go after violators. Only company installing the cameras got paid and not the city. Where I live got caught although I stopped, but was past the limit line, (Lance's stop line), cost $480 plus had to attend traffic school for 8 hours. My beef is drivers who stop maybe a car and half before the limit line and then creep up half car length slowly hoping to time it with the green light. Drivers should drive to limit line so that the line of cars behind him can close the gap between cars and let other drivers to proceed into the left-turn lane. Often this make one miss the light and then you must wait extra for the next light. That's my pet peeve, drivers not keeping the gap between cars reasonable.


  8. MrK:

    That intersection is a very dangerous one. I am surprised that there isn't more deadly accidents there. Many people driving on Moanalua Rd. are driving freeway speed - crazy! And, like BL said, drivers are always accelerating - trying to beat the light. I don't know why they do this because the traffic lights at that intersection does not take very long to change. What's even more lolo is when get pedestrians who are too lazy to use the bridge, so they run across the road! That's a good way to get yourself killed.


  9. wafan:

    The other thing that makes wonder WWD . . . folks who stop 3, 4, 5 car lengths behind the stop line or car in front. Then they slooooooooooooooooowllllllllllllyyyyyyy creep forward until they are 2 or 3 car lengths behind. What the heck are they (not) thinking?!?!


  10. Keoni:

    Eh BL, that awareness that you possess serves you well; keep paying attention to it! we want you around for a long time.


  11. M:

    Guud morning BL!


  12. sally:

    People are just in too much of a rush. If they needed to be there 15min ago, they shoulda left home 15min earlier.


  13. rayboyjr:

    :cool: Good Morning Everyone!!! :cool:

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... I had a similar experience, except I was in a car making the left turn ... like you, I noticed an oncoming car was not stopping as the light went from yellow to red ... and sure enough, the car came whizzing by so fast I could feel the air pressure push against my car ... an accident involving two cars would be bad, but an accident with one being a motorcyle is almost guaranteed disastrous ... glad you're ok ...

    ... I live by this rule while driving on the road - "Trust no one but yourself" ... because, really, who are these others on the road??? ... I don't know ... and there's no way in he11 I'm putting any faith in strangers on the road ... so I drive defensively all the time ... and assume everyone in the cars around me are idiots ... I'm probably right half of the time, haha!!! ...

    ... well I actually live by that rule in many aspects of life ...

    ... Be SAFE Everyone!!! ...


  14. M:

    We can't control the actions of others, you can only control your own actions.


  15. Makiki:

    Glad you get Spidey-Sense otherwise this wouldn't be such a feel good Friday!

    Alan


  16. M:

    Howzit BL!


  17. B:

    good ting your spidey sense wen work! craziness out dea. nowadays wen da light turn green i look all directions first before goin...always get at least two knuckleheads goin thru da red. da odda day at da intersection by home depot and sams in pearl city...da left turn to go up towards walmart...we had green light fo continue west bound...5 cars wen make da left thru da red...must be color blind.


  18. Keoni:

    What I'd like to see:
    Station an officer at these intersections and let the public know that if you go through the intersection after the light turns red (unless you already IN it legally waiting to turn), automatic forfeiting of your vehicle, PLUS a $5,000 fine!