By Braddah Lance
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:
•traffic control and enforcement
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.
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!