Wednesday, June 27, 2001

King, Punahou
intersection most

A State Farm report lists
Punchbowl and
Vineyard as No. 2

Star-Bulletin staff

Stay away from King and Punahou streets if you want to avoid a dangerous intersection.

Danger also lurks at Vineyard Boulevard and Punchbowl Street.

Those Honolulu intersections rank first and second on a list of Hawaii's five most dangerous intersections, compiled by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

State Farm calculates the danger based on the number of crashes resulting in claims by the company's policyholders in the past two years. The list takes into account how many crashes involved injury and the severity of the crashes.

"Many intersection crashes could be prevented," said Gary Methner, State Farm regional vice president.

Communities with an intersection on the list will get $20,000 for safety studies from State Farm.

"We believe virtually all intersections where many serious crashes occur can be made safer, sometimes through relatively minor, inexpensive adjustments," Methner said.

Hawaii's Most Dangerous Intersection's

  1. City: Honolulu
    Location: King/Punahou Street
    State Farm Danger Index*: 675

  2. City: Honolulu
    Location: Vineyard Boulevard/ Punchbowl Street
    State Farm Danger Index*: 604
  3. City: Kailua, Kona
    Location: Queen Kaahumanu Highway/Henry Street
    State Farm Danger Index*: 534

  4. City: Kahului, Maui
    Location: South Puunene Avenue/Wakea Street
    State Farm Danger Index*: 489

  5. City: Kaneohe
    Location: Kahekili Highway/ Likelike Highway
    State Farm Danger Index*: 469

* The State Farm Danger Index is determined by the number of crashes at various intersections, how many of those crashes involved injury and the severity of those crashes. It is adjusted to account for the percentage of vehicles insured by State Farm in areas where the intersections are located.

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