HPD aims to reduce speeding on Kaahele Street

Jan 26, 2011 | PC Community


HPD, Representative K. Mark Takai and community volunteers continued their efforts to promote safe driving and reduce speeding on Kaahele Street in Aiea on Tuesday, January 25.

This was the third outing for the group which represents the C-TAP (Community Traffic Awareness Program). C-TAP is a community area project that has partnered with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and is led by State Representative K. Mark Takai and community residents.

“The overall purpose of this project is to raise safe driving awareness and it has been successful in other communities to curb the number of motorists speeding on heavily traveled streets,” said Rep. K. Mark Takai (District 34 – Aiea, Pearl City).

“CTAP's are important to raise awareness in our communities that have chronic complaints of speeding,” said Officer Anthony Bonilla. “We want to create a partnership with communities with concerns about speeders.”

HPD officers issued several speeding citations during the 4-5pm C-TAP sign waving fronting the entrance to the Newtown Recreation Center on Tuesday.

 “This is a heavily traveled road in Aiea, not only by community residents, but also by those using Kaahele Street as a passageway to Pearl City and Pacific Palisades,” Takai said. “The goal of the project is to make drivers slow down and be aware of pedestrians in the crosswalk.”

On October 12, 2009, a Newtown Harbor Terrace resident was struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk near the Newtown Recreation Center entrance. She later died of her injuries sustained in the accident.

The C-TAP Community Traffic Awareness Prorgam will continue with upcoming sign waving dates and times to be announced. MyPearlCity.com will list all future C-TAP's.

A special Mahalo to HPD Officers, Captain Ray Ancheta, Officer Kathleen Capellas and Officer Anthony Bonilla. Also, Mahalo to Representative K. Mark Takai and his office for their leadership and especially to all the resident voluteers for their efforts in bringing awareness to traffic safety concerns in our Aiea and Pearl City communities.

                                                            Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

HPD Captain, Ray Ancheta sign waving on Tuesday near the entrance to the Newtown Recreation Center.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Newtown keiki resident volunteers asking motorists to slow down on Tuesday.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Rep. K. Mark Takai (District 34 – Aiea, Pearl City) pictured leading the C-TAP in front of the Newtown Recreation Center on Kaahele Street.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

C-TAP volunteers pose for a photo on Tuesday. Great Job!