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HPD Cracks Down On Speeders

Jason Pacheco Jason Pacheco
Vince Zieser Vince Zieser
Kathleen Walsh Kathleen Walsh
Officer Mark Martinez Officer Mark Martinez

By: Leland Kim

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A high-speed accident over the weekend killed a Waipahu woman. The number of traffic related deaths on Oahu this year exceeds the total number of people killed last year. This concerns the Honolulu Police Department and traffic officers are focusing their efforts on problem areas.

It's a dangerous job. Car whizzing by at high speeds, and some of them are going above the speed limit. Traffic officers have their radar guns drawn, targeting lead-footed drivers.

A driver was stopped for speeding. How fast was he going?

"I really don't know," said Jason Pacheco, a Waianae resident. "My speedometer no work."

The stretch of H-1 near Honolulu International Airport is one of the busiest on the island. The speed limit says 55 but some drivers go a lot faster than that. These drivers were also busted for speeding.

"I actually have an interview for a college in about 20 minutes, so I was kind of rushed to get to that," said Vince Zieser, who lives near Pearl Harbor.

"I was stuck in the traffic getting on to this part, and I just opened it up," said Kathleen Walsh, a Ewa Beach resident.

Traffic officers say it's not worth breaking the law.

"They could get cited for speeding, also reckless driving, and if there are two vehicles involved, for racing," said Officer Mark Martinez, a traffic officer with the Honolulu Police Department.

Sometimes, speeders don't get caught, but end up in deadly accidents.

"The car is very much mangled. It's indescribable," said Martinez. "The bodies: it's not something you want to see. It's a pretty bad situation."

These drivers say they've learned a valuable lesson.

"Yeah, it makes me think twice. If you get a $150 ticket, it doesn't really sit well in your mind," said Zieser.

"Makes me think try to go as slow as possible I guess," said Pacheco. "But kind of hard with no speedometer, eh?"

Slowing down so people can get home alive: the message HPD wants to send to the public.

Traffic officers write about a hundred speeding tickets a day. While the number of officers has not gone up, HPD does shift its resources to target areas where speeding is a problem.

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