Letter for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

• Koloa Road drivers need to slow down

I have lived full-time and/or part-time on Kauai since the early ’70s. I love Kauai and have considered it my home for many years.

I’ll get to the point.

I live on Koloa Road, better known these days as the “Lawai Race Track.” My neighbors will understand the humor.

It may surprise some of you reading this but Lawai on Koloa Road between Koloa and Kalaheo is a neighborhood. A normal neighborhood made up of many families, seniors, kids, grandchildren, family pets and other important valued residents and a few businesses.

The speed limit on Koloa Road through our neighborhood here in Lawai is 25 mph. Apparently, this must be shocking to many of our fellow residents. What is the speed limit in your neighborhood? Where you/your children live/play? Ten, 15, 25 mph?

Imagine people driving down the street where you and your family/kids live at 45-60 mph? This is not an exaggeration. In fact, sadly, more people are driving at the higher end of this range than the lower end.

What are the speed limits in the visitor areas? Twenty-five mph? This makes me wonder about our “value” system and our priorities on Kauai! Are our visitors of more value than our own residents?

Please try to be respectful of our neighborhood. There are school bus stops on Koloa Road in our neighborhood. Let’s not wait until something bad happens until we become mindful of the 25 mph zone.

Gary Keeth, Lawai

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