City & County Fundraising.

1.JPGAs if traffic didn’t already stink.

A few weeks ago, I read this message & I didn’t really give it much thought:

On February 1, the city and county of Honolulu will launch a 30-day speeding ticket frenzy. The city estimates that 9 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets. 1 million will go to pay police overtime. There will be 50 police on duty at all times patrolling the 9 main thoroughfares!

They are the following:
H-3 both directions
H-2 both directions
H-1 both directions
Pali Hwy
Likelike Hwy
Nimitz Hwy
Kalanianaole Hwy
Kam Hwy
Farrington Hwy

Now 5 mph above the limit can justify a ticket and every officer is supposed to pull a car over and write a ticket every 10 minutes. They have issued 30 brand new unmarked cruisers and they are bringing all their part timers on full time. It’s up to you how fast you are doing when they do.

2.JPGThen a couple of days ago events occurred such that I actually had to leave my house in the daytime (I ran out of cat food & the only place that sells the one my cats like is in Hawaii Kai.). I found myself crawling along in unusually heavy & slow early afternoon traffic on Kalanianaole Highway. Now, the herd moves significantly slower when there is a cop in its midst; if it’s not an accident, football game, or public bus, it’s probably a police officer trying to drive somewhere. I looked around for a blue & white, but the source of the slowdown was to be found on the sidewalk.

I passed 4 laser gun-toting officers between Kahala Mall & Aina Haina Shopping Center. I wondered how they imagined they were going to tag anyone in this ridiculous traffic… but apparently they managed. Thanks for your contribution to the City & County of Honolulu, you poor unfortunate souls.

So… traffic is going to suck in February. Fortunately Marina Pet Supply had the 25 lb bag of Innova catfood so I’m good for awhile. However, if you’re wondering why it’s been 2 hours since your 911 call & the police haven’t come yet, at least you’ll know where to find our local champions. That’s right; they are out there earning OT giving people tickets. It is a disaster for the baked goods industry. Ok, I’m sorry; that was cheap. Sorry.

On a side note, I noticed The Patisserie put glaze on their raisin scones today. I didn’t like it. Hopefully it was a mistake.

13 Comments so far

  1. KdjReid (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 3:51 am

    That is a good thing to know because I stop watching news with my father because he has turned into a commentater. He starts yelling at the tv for no good reason. He also flips through them and I always miss the good stuff. :o) Its good though, I have noticed a lot more people not giving a damn about the speed. I also saw bike riders doing tricks on the freeway next to my car. I wanted to nudge them *just a little* but, that would be bad and wrong. :o) Anyway, everyone please drive safely. :o)


  2. Doug (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 6:34 am

    This is urban myth.

    The HPD does not receive ANY of the fines for traffic violations; 100% of the money goes to the State and STAYS with the State. Thus, HPD has no financial incentive for any such “crackdown” scheme to allegedly pay overtime.


  3. Staci with an "i" (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 8:04 am

    Personally, I liked the van cams. Driving to the west side felt much safer, and driving to Kaneohe way less stressful.
    There are too many inexperienced drivers testing their newbie skills out there amongst the older bad drivers who don’t drive quite as fast because they already had their day and now care about their lives because they have families, or maybe have been in accidents because of their bad driving and don’t want to pay higher insurance premiums. (Like me, former lead foot, tailgating, 6-7 accidents by age 20, and all my fault)

    I’ve been thinking that instead of raising taxes, just penalize the people who are out there every day speeding excessively ( not the manini 5 mi over) by hitting them in their wallet where it really hurts. Traffic fine and higher insurance premiums…
    Always always, it’s the few bad eggs that ruin everything, and it’s staring to feel like LA out there.

    Why not plan to leave a little earlier to allow for traffic which is now the rule not the exception…
    I honestly can’t understand though why the police feel the need to double (or more) up on the side of the road to issue speeding tickets as shown in your picture.

    I expect that all the people who speed will disagree, but seems like it’s those who protest that are the ones who do it. Otherwise we’d have less people making up their own speed limit. (that wasn’t a good sentence)

    Sorry that you were stuck in traffic though….just think of the poor souls with normal work hours who have to endure that every day to and from work.


  4. Darren (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 8:23 am

    I like pizza.


  5. visith (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

    i dont get it


  6. Logan (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    As long as they stay off Kapiolani I’m all good. =D


  7. Lauren (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

    I’m pretty sure I didn’t write about a “financial incentive for any such ‘crackdown’ scheme to allegedly pay overtime.” I don’t think the message I quoted mentions that either. This is not about HPD commissions.

    Since posting this I have heard that messages like the one I received have been circulating for years. Not a huge surprise.

    However, this is the first time I have seen that many laser guns in such a short stretch of road. Coincidence, ya think?

    I totally appreciate everyone’s commentary, & I sincerely thank you for agreeing or disagreeing at all. I just want to make sure we are agreeing or disagreeing about the same thing. =)


  8. Doug (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 7:27 am

    Actually, you may not have written it, but the email you re-posted DID make a claim that the HPD was doing this to raise $9M, with $1M to pay for overtime. So, we are talking about the same thing.

    The email you received is shibai.

    Until proven otherwise, the laser guns you saw were a coincidence.

    One anecdote does not a theory prove. Drive down all those roads listed in the email 24/7 for a month before, during, and after this alleged 30-day scheme, carefully record the number of police and speeding citations, compare the data, and then I’ll take a look.

    Or, if you still don’t believe me, go to snopes.com.


  9. Lauren (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

    1M could be the estimated OT that was projected for such a campaign. Or at least that is how I took it. Not the same. I don’t know how cops get paid or where that money comes from, so maybe there is some obvious connection here that I am missing. Shrug.

    As far as the email being “shibai,” you’re probably right, & no one is going to drive down those roads 24/7 for a month to figure it out. All we know is that there might be a shitload of cops out there hiding in the bushes & so we need to all adjust our Cruise Controls to 35 & get ready for work a little earlier than usual.

    I’m certainly going to stay off the road as much as possible! Just in case!

    I’m sorry if my blog here appears to be trying to prove a conspiracy theory. It’s not. It is, as you say, an anecdote. But you have to admit, that many laser guns in that short of a distance are one hell of a coincidence. I noticed the blue lights seemed to be out in full force Wednesday evening as well.


  10. Cin (unregistered) on February 13th, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

    Sorry Lauren if my passing along of the post to you and others have caused people to mistaken it as being some crazy conspiracy. I was simply just passing along news that i received from a friend,whom i believe to be very reliable (she doenst post things to get reactions from others or to make stories up). Coincidence or not, it made people pay more attention on the road so i guess it worked. It certainly made me more aware and less aggro on the road =)

    Sorry for the late reply, i just got back from a two week trip.


  11. Lauren (unregistered) on February 14th, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    I dunno, so far the discussion has been pretty good except for the one little misconception.

    And… the email wasn’t from you. =)


  12. Cin (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    Oh thank goodness, wouldnt want to be the cause of any disagreements. Yeah i was wondering about that since ive only posted it via myspace bulletin.

    Just got a damn ticket not too long ago coming out of my bank’s driveway b/c i was putting on my seat belt. Only my front bumper was sticking out onto the street and they still tagged me! From now on, im putting them seatbelts on before starting the freakin engine…bastards….


  13. Kijimuna (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

    Ha, I got this same post, from 5 different people either by email or bulletin. Of course, none of them were from any of my friends who are cops. I forwarded it to my cop friends and of course they wrote back, not just letting me know it’s all garbage – but they all had to just vent about the OT pay and whatnot. Ha. I don’t mind them venting…but all I wanted was a quick “yes, it’s true” or “no, you guys are so stupid” answer.

    And, “Shibai”? Is that a Japanese word-turned-local? To me, it means Play, or Drama… Nandeshou?



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