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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, November 25, 2000

Motorist wants
more police on H-2

Question: Can't police monitor the H-2 Freeway? People are driving 80-90 mph and it's gotten really dangerous. I tallied a total of almost 1,000 miles before I saw a police officer. I've also driven 55 mph from Mililani to the Nimitz Highway off-ramp near Sand Island and in the span of 20 minutes, I've been passed by 300 cars. I'm concerned and would like to see police out there slowing people down.

Answer: Officers in patrol cars and on motorcycles do monitor the H-2, as well as look for motorists who need help, said Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu.

She said she could not provide the number of speeding citations issued on the H-2 because statistics are kept by beat areas and not by streets.

In general, "Speeding is an islandwide problem that HPD has been addressing through ongoing enforcement and education," she said. "However, we need the driving public's compliance to be more effective and urge motorists to obey the posted speed limits at all times."

No matter where you are, if you witness dangerous driving, call 911, she said.

Q: An obviously illegal gambling business has been running in Kalihi for almost a year. Despite numerous complaints to the police the shop remains in operation.

A: "Police cannot confirm whether a specific person or address is under investigation," spokeswoman Michelle Yu said.

We gave her the specifics of your complaint, but if you have more information, you can call the narcotics-vice division hotline, 24 hours a day, at 529-3101.

Q: Is there a city ordinance prohibiting parking of motor vehicles on sidewalks? We think residents at Hokuahiahi Street in Mililani are in violation by parking a pickup truck on the sidewalk for prolonged periods of time, like overnight, especially on weekends. There is ample room for the truck to be parked in the driveway and off the sidewalk.

We use the sidewalk for walking, jogging and running and children use it to ride their tiny bicycles to keep off the road, where so many people speed. The truck also blocks the view of drivers coming out of Alapoai Street and of the drivers who go into Alapoai from the Kuahelani side of Hokuahiahi. Mostly, it's an inconvenience for people on foot because they have to go out into the street to go around this vehicle.

A: Yes, there is a law prohibiting parking on sidewalks. We passed your complaint on to the police department.


To Carolyn Tortora of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and Sam Cabebe of Waipahu for responding so quickly to my plea for a videotape of the Miss America pageant (Kokua Line, Nov. 17). Their generosity made it possible for me to share their gift with others who had also missed seeing Miss Hawaii Angela Baraquio win the title. We all join in sending our best to Angela -- you have made all of Hawaii so proud. -- J. Costa


To some very nice people who jump-started my car in the Aloha Stadium parking lot after the Kahuku-Waianae football game recently. Three young people (a gentleman and two ladies) in their SUV noticed the hood of my car was up and asked if we had a problem. After we told them the battery was drained, they pulled up beside my car. Another gentleman parked nearby came over with his jumper cable, hooked it up to the SUV's battery and jump-started my car. They all refused any monetary compensation for their good deed. -- R.B.

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