HPD unable to staff police at intersection
Is it possible to have the Honolulu Police Department station officers at an intersection? Traffic on Fort Weaver Road has been getting worse for years, and with the current widening project, cars start to back up as early as 2 p.m. and by 5 p.m. can reach back to the offramp from the H-1. Traffic heading south on Fort Weaver will often back up into the intersection with Laulaunui Street. As the light turns yellow or even red, cars continue to proceed even though the heavy traffic guarantees they won't be able to get through before the light changes. This forces those on Laulaunui to either dodge around them, just sit and wait or run the red light themselves. Having an officer there might make a bad situation a little easier. Meanwhile, "auwe" to the three vehicles turning left from the hospital onto Fort Weaver Road, northbound, at about 4 p.m. April 1. Even though you clearly had the red light and oncoming traffic had the green, you tailgated each other into traffic, daring people to hit you. Maybe the next car will take the dare as an April Fools' joke.
Answer: HPD doesn't have enough officers to do such monitoring on a regular basis.
"An officer would have to be posted at every intersection on Fort Weaver Road for this to work, and the patrol district does not have the staff to do this," said spokeswoman Michelle Yu.
She said solo bike officers from the Traffic Division actually did what you suggest a few months ago -- stopping and citing violators. The result: Other drivers complained about traffic backing up, Yu said.
"Officers monitor Fort Weaver during the morning rush hour as much as they can, but the reality is that the number of cars exceed the road's capacity," she added.
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