Tuesday, June 28, 2022 |
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o the Forum:When I heard about the recent deadly car crash on the Kapaa
by-pass road I was doubly horrified. Once, for the victims and their families
and again for myself. I have taken that road a few times before and was on it
only two days before the accident.
I don’t smoke, drink or take drugs and
have a clean driving record. Yet, I usually found myself exceeding the posted
speed limit and crossing the divided line on that road, as the turns just come
upon you too fast. While there are some areas on Kauai where I think the limits
are too conservative, like beyond the tourist lookout point on Kuamoo Road, on
the by-pass they are an absolute necessity.
Short of reengineering a
good portion of the road, speeding citations would get the point across only to
those receiving the citations, although the presence of patrol cars there
would be remembered and, therefore, be effective. More important and effective
would be signs warning of the dangerous winding nature of the road, placed both
at the entrances and previous enough to each curve to enable one to slow down
before entering the curve and crossing the dividing line.
If I have
trouble on that road, then less mature drivers are really in jeopardy there. I
think that, until I see more warnings there or signs of safer driving on that
road, I’ll just avoid the bypass altogether.
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