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Speed Display Signs Installed Near Waimanalo School

Risa Rodrigues Risa Rodrigues
Misty Serrao Misty Serrao
A boy riding a bicycle was killed on Kalanianaole Highway on October 6, 2003 A boy riding a bicycle was killed on Kalanianaole Highway on October 6, 2003

by Minna Sugimoto

WAIMANALO (KHNL) -- Students in Waimanalo are pleading with drivers to slow down. Now, they have some added muscle as the state officially unveils speed display signs near their school.

The state put two speed-display signs near Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. The campus sits on busy Kalanianaole Highway, near the scene of a deadly crash three years ago.

Cars roar past our position near Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. The state's new speed display signs prove many drivers need to ease up on the gas in the 25-mile-per-hour school zone.

"For one thing, they shouldn't be driving fast because it might hurt other people," Risa Rodrigues, 13, said.

Three years ago, a 14-year-old boy died in the area when the bicycle he was riding veered into the path of a station wagon. Although police say speed wasn't a factor, the crash highlights the importance of slowing down near schools.

"Lot of kids, they cross over here," Luisa Lamons, parent, said. "The street is very dangerous."

Now, her child's school is sandwiched by two speed display signs. The state says the $24,000, solar-powered equipment will also collect data, so police can determine when to step up enforcement.

"I think that it will work if people pay attention to it," Misty Serrao, parent, said. "But it's not as good as having a cop sit there. It's just a sign with light bulbs, digital numbers. People are not afraid of it."

The state says the sign will flash a car's speed if it's traveling faster than 25 miles an hour. If you're going faster than 40, the sign will simply say "slow down." That's to discourage drivers from trying to outdo each other.

The Department of Transportation says it's considering installing the signs near other schools that sit on busy roadways, such as Sunset Beach Elementary and Waianae High School.

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