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We were recently on your lovely island in August for a two-week vacation. I had
the opportunity to read the Forum section and noticed Louisa Wooton’s input on
the reckless driving on the Garden Island, and her thoughts seemed to blame
both tourists and locals. But the “information” to be given out was only
focused on tourists.
Between our two vacations, we have spent a total of
one month there, and my wife and I have consistently made the following
1. A majority of the speeding and reckless driving we
witnessed was not by tourists, but by island residents. In particular, the
reckless passing we observed was the most troubling, which resulted in the
head-on accident we passed on the way in Lihu’e from Po’ipu. Note that both
vehicles involved in that crash appeared to be owned by residents. Most of the
passing that we observed was by residents traveling at 15 to 20 miles per hour
above the posted speed limits. Younger drivers appeared to be the majority of
2. Tailgating: We were often tailgated and then subsequently
passed in an unsafe manner on numerous occasions by residents. In every case,
we were driving the posted speed limit.
I certainly understand the locals’
frustration with Kauai’s many visitors and the traffic that they create.
However, dealing with the issue by the above two actions creates an unsafe
driving atmosphere for everyone and creates somewhat of a hostile environment
for tourists who do provide the island and its inhabitants with substantial
Tourists need to do their part by being mindful of their
driving behavior on the island, especially when sightseeing or traveling to a
destination for the first time. They need to be responsible with their speed as
well as their selection of a place to park while sightseeing.
need to be responsible and mindful of their actions, as well.
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