Traffic Control

August 28th, 2012
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Evah since school started, da presence of solo bike officers are more visible than evah which is why they've been created. From the Honolulu Police Department website:

The Traffic Division is responsible for three major functions:
•investigation
•traffic control and enforcement
•safety

The Solo Motorcycle Detail that is tasked with facilitating normal traffic flow, especially during peak morning and afternoon hours.

I've noticed in particular, could be da time of day I leave/come home from work, dat they've been tagging for speeding and parking in "unfamiliar" spots. C'mon, we all "know" more or less wea they "hide" and yet people still zoom by until it's too late but now they've been changing it up.

But wat is speeding?

Wen I leave for work, people average about 65+ mph and actually faster wen it's pau hana until they hit da normal slow down areas. For me personally, I don't have a problem with "speeding" per se but I have a problem wit those who tink they in da Indy 500 or if they're running out of time playing Frogger.

Realistically, unless you driving an aging Datsun, da vehicles on da road today have more than enough capability to handle "freeway" speeds which I've come to observe is really between 60-70mph.

So wen does one get tagged for speeding? Going 5mph ovah? 10? 20?

I nevah speed unnecessarily (fo' realz, even on da bike), I don't weave through traffic and I certainly don't race. Dis morning, I would say dat I was going about 62mph with vehicles going a little faster than me but none of us was "tagged".

Were we not speeding (going ovah da 55mph speed limit)? Was it ok dat it wasn't too fast or was it dat da flow of traffic was even? But yet I hear through da grapevine dat some get pulled ovah for going barely 5mph ovah and going wit da "flow of traffic" is not an excusable excuse.

And you know wat? There was a car pool violator right behind me but was he pulled ovah? A'ole.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Call me a prick but I really don't like da fact dat these numbnuts always violate da car pool lane restrictions and get away with it more times than not. And I certainly don't like da fact dat da zip lane has opened up for only two occupants instead of da three minimum. Evah since they did dat, I've nevah gone back to da zip lane and I actually get to work a few minutes fastah cause people no realize dat you only got one lane and are dependent on how well da person ahead of you drives cause you no can change lanes. Plus wen da zip lane is now "ovah" capacity, it's worse than driving in da regulah lanes. :lol:

And seriously, I guess people figgah, "eh, I drive by myself in da car pool lane so now I can drive by myself in da zip lane!" And yeah, I've been seeing more people do dat... I guess they still don't know how to count no mattah wat lane they stay in!

I'd like to suggest to da powers dat be to install cameras or allow people to photograph these violators since on da car pool sign it says "citation by mail" - but who has evah received a citation by mail except wen da Van Cams were around?

HPD's main cop out (pun intended)? It'll slow down traffic at a time dat requires traffic to be smooth as possible.

But wat a bettah time to punish these jerks? Surah da rest of da law abiding world will have to suffer in slowing traffic but wat a bettah punishment than to have a thousand eyes rubbah necking to see who da f@#% is holding up traffic? And then da Hawaiian salt on da wound, a hefty fine to boot as well!

Wat is it dat we always say? You learn by your mistakes but you'll only remembah it should da consequence be memerable.... except for da habitual criminal or someone oblivious to society.

Tink about it. I would say about 80% of people on da road during rush hour are "respectable" people so if you get busted for speeding, you tink you going speed again? Well, probably but at least not for a long while.

I say pull people ovah and make everybody all pissed off cause guess wat? Da more people are pissed off - and if there are a million of 'em - da less likely there would be of these punks breaking da rules of da road since everyone would be making noise for da City Officials to hear. But da law makers, da police all say da same thing - how are they to enforce it? By just doing your damn job especially wen it's da constant blatant offenses!

Surah no can catch everybody or catch everything but if da means of enforcement is there, why not use it? At da very least for da car pool violators since da citiation can be sent by mail.

If we, da people, gotta suffer while you do your job, then wouldn't you tink dat da more we suffer, da more vigilant we would be? Or if even they no like pull 'em ovah, equip HPD vehicles/bikes with cameras to take stills so wen they pass by, they'd have pics of da occupants and their license plate. They not going hold up traffic, they just gotta ride behind da vehicle then on da side and viola! Money for da City! Garans ball-barens can definitely fund da program in a mattah of weeks.

I guess until then, everybody no chance 'em speeding!

But get chance in da car pool lane.








Posted in WWD! | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Traffic Control”

  1. M:

    Howzit BL!
    First!


  2. M:

    I agree wit every ting you wen say. I no like dem cheatahs on da freeway too.


  3. Mark:

    What I've noticed recently in the carpool lanes are that drivers are "spying" to see if a cop is checking. For example, heading West in the afternoon, these drivers are in the carpool lane, they then turn left with half their vehicle on the shoulder, take a quick peek, and then return back to the lane. I witnessed this at least 4 times over the past few weeks. They'll take a quick peek every couple of minutes.

    I'm still waiting for the day they actually see an officer and attempt to change out of the carpool lane, let's see if anyone allows them to change.


  4. Traffic Hater:

    BL,

    I'm thinking DOT had the best intentions when they opened up the zipper lane to two occupants but like always it's the guys that take advantage of the system that screw everyone over. I would like to see cameras taking photos in the zip lane but not sure how effective that would be. They should just boost up the fine for HOV zipper lane violations and do more enforcement.
    I also feel the cops in a no win situation sometimes they do enforcing but than no can respond to accidents.
    Take out the guys/gals that take advantage and everything is all good. Oh I can dream!!But no worries get rail...Oh spoke to soon.


  5. dihudfan:

    I agree with you... the guilty ones should get ticketed, but that would start a big slow down, cuz all the rubbah neckers goin slo down to eye ball the guys getting the ticket... no can win, but still wish the guys violating the car pool lanes get tickets... s y hud


  6. NtL:

    Opening the zipper lane to 2 or more occupants is ridiculous!!! We should be "zipping" through that lane instead we're often stuck behind some ididot cruising because they're enjoying the novelty of driving in the zip lane for the first time!!!!! Causing more traffic!!!
    We now leave earlier and reach our destination later than ever.... and dont even get me strated on "rain, not even rain, drizzle traffic"........ UGH!!!!


  7. M:

    Guud morning BL!
    This morning coming to work this car over takes me and flys by. I come to an intersection and stop behind guess who the car who flys by me. WWD!


  8. Braddah Lance:

    M:
    Howzit BL! First!

    And it's been awhile too since we've had a Quote Of Da Day..........

    “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.”
    Dan Rather

    I no like dem cheatahs on da freeway too.

    Well, I guess their tinking is dat you only cheat if you get caught. :roll:
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    Mark:
    What I've noticed recently in the carpool lanes are that drivers are "spying" to see if a cop is checking.

    You noticed dat too?

    I'm still waiting for the day they actually see an officer and attempt to change out of the carpool lane, let's see if anyone allows them to change.

    I actually saw one do dat as he tried to change ovah two lanes and da cop stepped onto da lane, pointed da guy out and had him pull all da way back ovah! It was hillarious! But dat was da only time as I've seen hundreds of oddahs get away wit it.

    E Komo Mai to WWD! Mark! I'm glad you could drop in and share. :grin:
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    Traffic Hater:
    I'm thinking DOT had the best intentions when they opened up the zipper lane to two occupants but like always it's the guys that take advantage of the system that screw everyone over.

    I totally understand dat it's for da "whole" but now they actually give no one any incentive to car pool. Da DOT/State preach about car pooling, saving gas, da environment, blah blah blah and then they flip and now da zip lane just turned into a regulah lane - actually way worse now. I came into work a little late today and I know I past a bike stuck. I'll bet I saved 20 minutes ovah him guranteed.

    I would like to see cameras taking photos in the zip lane but not sure how effective that would be.

    I tink wit technology now, you can setup a very minimal footprint and be very effective. A license plate and a pic of da interior is all you need. If they want to fight it in court, let them waste their time to do so. Plus, why have signage saying "citation by mail" if they nevah do?

    They should just boost up the fine for HOV zipper lane violations and do more enforcement.

    Totally agree.

    I also feel the cops in a no win situation sometimes they do enforcing but than no can respond to accidents.

    It's too bad dat we only have a limited amount of solo bike detail officers.

    Take out the guys/gals that take advantage and everything is all good. Oh I can dream!!But no worries get rail...Oh spoke to soon.

    For a Traffic Hater, you surah funny!

    E Komo Mai to WWD!
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    dihudfan:
    I agree with you... the guilty ones should get ticketed, but that would start a big slow down, cuz all the rubbah neckers goin slo down to eye ball the guys getting the ticket... no can win

    But das da whole ting about it. They not scared fo' chance 'em but you know in Hawai'i, "most" of us no like be shame and cause pilikia so if you pulled ovah in da middle of rush hour getting a HEFTY ticket with THOUSANDS of eyes burning a whole in your head, you tink they would want to chance 'em again?
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    NtL:
    Opening the zipper lane to 2 or more occupants is ridiculous!!! We should be "zipping" through that lane

    Exactomondo!

    We now leave earlier and reach our destination later than ever.... and dont even get me strated on "rain, not even rain, drizzle traffic"........ UGH!!!!

    True dat two times!!!

    E Komo Mai to WWD! Ntl! Feel bettah now? :razz:
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    M:
    This morning coming to work this car over takes me and flys by. I come to an intersection and stop behind guess who the car who flys by me. WWD!

    Classic. I usually laugh and wait till da next light and laugh again.


  9. 808harleylady:

    THANK YOU for posting this. I ride bus to avoid traffic, save, gas, blah blah. Since they opened for 2 or more, its freakin ridiculous! Why? I thought the zipper was for HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLES not couples? what the crap. The couples and singles who think they "couples" had their own freakin lane on the freeway. Even if I was to use my harley to work, i would still be stuck in the same bull crap gridlock. CHANGE EM BACK TO THREE! if you like use em, make more effort to have the PRIVILEGE to use the damn zip lane! they forgot the whole reason why they made the damn zip lane in the first place. if they was gon make one second "carpool lane" why go through all the hassle and money? frick, just make a simple lane. azz backwards.