Police Issue 31,000+ Speeding Tickets from January to August

Brent Sylvester
Brent Sylvester

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Many drivers are in a big rush to get to our destinations, as tens of thousands of speeders are pulled over in the first eight months of this year.

As cars zip by on the H-1 Freeway Airport viaduct, Solo Bike Officers Kris Kiyabu and Brent Sylvester take aim.

"I don't think they know how, realize how fast they're going, and what the dangers are of going that fast, that they can kill themselves or somebody else," Sylvester said.

The chase is on after Sylvester clocks a car going 70 in the 55-mile-per-hour zone. Police say drivers give all kinds of excuses.

"I was keeping up with other cars. I was late for work. The last person was late to pick up his girlfriend," Sylvester said.

From January 1st to August 31st, officers on Oahu gave out 31,211 speeding tickets. They also wrote up 2,238 citations for excessive speeding.

Excessive speeding is 30 miles per hour over the posted limit, or at least 80 miles per hour regardless of the limit.

"It's kind of scary 'cause, you know, our families drive on the road," Sylvester said. "And to see them going 20, 30 miles over the speed limit, I mean, as you can see, it's already fast enough going the speed limit."

Now, people caught driving at excessive speeds face stiffer penalties. On your first offense, you could get a $500 to $1,000 fine, a 30-day license suspension, a mandatory driver's education course, and either 36 hours of community service, or two to five days in jail.

The punishment is more severe for repeat offenders.

"We try to enforce that as best we can," Sylvester said.

Working to lighten up those lead feet.

Police say 54 people have died in 48 collisions so far this year. Of the 48 crashes, 25 -- or more than half -- involved speeding.