Community volunteers join HPD to slow down traffic in Pearl City

Apr 13, 2011 | PC Community


State Representative K. Mark Takai led a group of Pearl City community  volunteers along with HPD Officers for the second C-TAP (Community Traffic Awareness Program) signwaving event on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

The C-TAP group met at the corner of Hoomalu and Hookanike Streets holding signs to bring awareness to motorists to slow down and drive safe in the area.

“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).

HPD Officers from the Pearl City Community Policing Team monitored the intersection issuing several speeding tickets during the C-TAP event that ran from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

“CTAPs 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.”

Hoomalu Street has become a popular thoroughfare for speeders in both directions from Moanalua Road to Komo Mai Drive.

 “There continues to be a problem with people speeding up and down Hoomalu Street at all times of the day and this often results in pedestrian accidents,” Takai said. “We need drivers to obey the speed limit along this street.”

In an effort to slow down traffic in the area, a much needed traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Hoomalu & Komo Mai Drive. Work is scheduled to begin in April.

"For many years we have been receiving requests from community members and residents about the Hoomalu & Komo Mai Drive intersection, said Takai. "For that particular intersection we do get considerable amount of requests from the community, complaints and concerns, so I'm glad the city is moving forward on this project."

The next C-TAP event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm near the corner of Hoomalu Street and Moanalua Road. The goal on May 4 is to bring awareness to motorists who run the red light at the intersection. "Its Not Alright To Run The Red Light" is the message C-TAP will be sending to motorists who decide to run the red light.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Mahalo to the HPD Officers from the Pearl City Community Policing Team for their hard work in helping to keep our community safe!

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Mahalo to State Representative K. Mark Takai for his support of our Pearl City and Aiea communities and for his leadership with the C-TAP signwaving campaign.