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Live And Let Live Campaign Takes To Waianae Coast Roads

Officer Antone Pacheco Officer Antone Pacheco
Rhonda Texeira Rhonda Texeira
Texeira's granddaughter Saydee was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver in September 2005 Texeira's granddaughter Saydee was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver in September 2005
Sign wavers along Farrington Highway urged drivers to slow down Sign wavers along Farrington Highway urged drivers to slow down

(KHNL) - Drinking, speeding and driving can be a deadly combination.

That is why the "Live and Let Live" campaign encourages those who get behind the wheel to drive safe and not speed. So, not only will they arrive alive, but so will everyone else on the road.

Among the sign waving along Farrington Highway, is a sobering sight of what happens when driving is mixed with speeding or drinking. A mangled wreck along the road.

It's a problem that has hit the Waianae Coast hard.

"Historically the number of fatalities for the Waianae Coast is a high one. We have 25 percent of all the island's traffic fatalities occurring here," says Honolulu Police officer, Antone Pacheco.

That is why volunteers line up along Farrington Highway, reminding drivers to slow down.

If that doesn't work, police have another way to get drivers to get off the gas - by keeping speeders on their radar over the holidays.

"A lot of the accidents along the coast are from speeding and they are senseless."

Rhonda Teixeira knows first hand about fatal accidents.

Not because she witnessed one, but because she was in one.

She recalls the night , last year in September, when she was driving along Kamehameha Highway.

"This drunk driver who was speeding hit me head on. There was no where to go...nothing to do...that was it. It felt like I was going to die. I cracked my sternum, I couldn't walk for awhile. But the physical part wasn't as bad as the emotional part," says Teixeira.

Because Rhonda wasn't the only one in this crushed car.

Her granddaughter Saydee was also inside.

"She was killed by a drunk driver. She was 10 months old," she says.

So now Rhonda and her family line up along the road. To remind drivers of the dangers of speeding and drinking. And to ease the pain of losing their little girl.

"Doing this, reaching out to the community to get people to drive safe, it helps us," she tells KHNL News 8.

Honolulu police target the Waianae Coast for speeders because 25 percent of the island's fatal accidents happen there, even though only seven percent of the population live there.

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