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Better Traffic Law Enforcing is Under Study


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POSTED: Sunday, November 01, 2009

”;Back in the Day,”; appearing every Sunday, takes a look at articles that ran on this date in history in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Hawaii's oldest continuously published daily newspaper. The items appear verbatim, so don't blame us today for yesteryear's bad grammar.

Better Traffic Law Enforcing is Under Study

Feeling that the city-county is not equipped at present to handle all the traffic problems arising today, several members of the traffic safety commission conferred Tuesday morning with Mayor Petric on the matter.

This announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by Frank C. Palmer, commission chairman, at the meeting of the commission.

Pointing to the city's mounting death toll from traffic accidents, several commission members expressed the opinion that they need from the mayor and supervisors “;more cooperation”; in approval of their recommendations.

During a discussion on the reduction of speed limits from 30 to 20 miles an hour in three zones, commissioners said that they thought much of the traffic trouble has risen from “;a general breakdown in the public's driving habits.”;

“;We need more enforcement of the present traffic laws and more common courtesy from drivers,”; one commissioner said. “;There is too little regard of one driver for another.”;

The requests for the speed limit reduction — in Moiliili, and in two places on Punahou St. — were not approved by commissioners because it was felt the changes “;would not accomplish their purpose.”;

During the meeting the complexity of speed limitations in the traffic code were emphasized by another member.

He pointed to some mainland city codes which call for but three speed limits — 25, 35 and 45 miles an hour in three districts.

Approved by the commission was a request for the establishment of a loading zone on the Waikiki side of Bethel St. between King and Hotel Sts.

An ordinance is being drafted to compel all passenger buses to make a complete stop before proceeding across any railroad crossing other than plantation railroads ...

...During a discussion of the regulation, it was decided that a survey of all such crossings be made to determine whether those already with signals should be included.