Could a sign be causing rear end crashes near UH?

Panos Prevedouros
Panos Prevedouros

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It doesn't necessarily look like much but a former mayoral candidate says a simple sign at the corner of University Avenue and Dole Street is causing expensive accidents.

"This is totally unsafe and it needs to be mitigated," UH engineering professor and former mayoral candidate Panos Prevedouros said.

Prevedouros says the proof is in the pictures he took.  He documented three rear end accidents within a three week span.

He says it's because during peak traffic times cars back up at the intersection because they can't turn right on red.  Traffic will back up the H-1, then cars going 50 to 60 miles per hour suddenly come to a screeching halt.

"That speed differential is huge and has a critical risk of rear end collisions," Prevedouros said.

Instead he says it should be like other intersections like Ala Wai and McCully, where there's "No right turn on red except from right lane after stop."

"Allowing the flow of vehicles makes a significant reduction on the line of cars," Prevedouros said.

The City says the no turn on red sign is designed to protect pedestrians. The intersection near UH continually has people crossing the street.

"That is certainly a valid point. everything we do in traffic is a balance between safety and efficiency of operations," Prevedouros said.

Transportation Services Director Wayne Yoshioka says Panos' complaint, just like anyone else's in the community, will be checked and tracked through an evaluation system.

The city will pull accident reports for the area and may install video cameras to monitor the intersection.

Yoshioka says the City won't make a snap judgement on the issue. In fact it could be a couple months before the evaluation process is finished and they determine if any changes are needed.

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