Moped rider dies on Kauai, police step up enforcement

KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 52-year-old man was killed Wednesday night in a moped crash in Kapaa.

Police say Shane Bender of Kapaa, was riding his moped just before midnight on Hauaala Road, near the Hauaala/Kawaihau Road junction when he lost control and crashed. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

Bender was taken to Wilcox Hospital in critical condition and then flown to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu where he later died.

Police say no other persons or vehicles were involved in the collision.

The crash remains under police investigation. It was the seventh traffic fatality in 2012.

The Kauai Police Department is warning motorists that it will be stepping up traffic enforcement with the holidays upon us,

"There are several holidays and major sporting events between now and January and celebrations lead to the increased consumption of alcohol," said Assistant Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau Ale Quibilan. "We'd like to remind the public that their safety and the safety of those on our roadways are our top priority. So during the holiday season we will be increasing traffic monitoring and enforcement islandwide to deter unlawful and unsafe acts.

Assistant Chief Quibilan noted that sobriety checkpoints will be set up at various locations around the island, and police will be checking for those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as other traffic violations.

The Patrol Services Bureau also offers these traffic safety tips for the holiday season:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Watch the road and not your cell phone.
  • Don't leave packages or other valuables in your car, and if you must, keep them out of sight.
  • If at all possible, put belongings in your trunk before you reach your destination.
  • Allow yourself more time than necessary to get to your destination. The holiday season means more cars on the road and more traffic congestion.
  • Always drive with courtesy and aloha.

"Our goal is to minimize traffic crashes and prevent unnecessary injury and property damage, but we can't do it alone," added Assistant Chief Quibilan. "As always, we are asking for the public's help to abide by the traffic laws, drive safely, and be considerate of other motorists and pedestrians so that we can all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season."

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