When did Hawaii outlaw turn signals?
I think I need to pay more attention to Hawaii state news.
I missed the passage of the new bill that the governor must have signed outlawing the use of turn signals. I have noticed, however, how many people are following the new law.
I guess I just missed out. The new law does tend to help you stay awake while driving, because you have to try to guess what every driver around is going to do next.
I’m still trying to get used to it, though. I find myself clicking the signal before I turn, just by force of habit. I hope I don’t get a ticket for that. It’s really amazing how most people are able to adapt to not using signals so quickly and so completely.
Maybe I’m just getting old.
Charles Herbert, Kilauea
Job well done road crews
I live in Hanalei and work in Princeville. I go up the hill five days a week and pass the road construction due to the Hanalei hill landslide. Overall, I’ve been REALLY pleased with the management of the roadwork taking place. Mostly there has been one lane open at a time for through traffic, even though I realize it is NOT easy to get work done while constantly juggling passing traffic. Also, I realize the county has to pay at least three extra people to monitor the flow of traffic and keep it safe and that it is a very tricky job.
Well, this last Friday I drove up Hanalei Hill at about 9 a.m. There was plenty of work going on, including managing one lane of traffic, laying guardrails on the lower slope of the road and doing some trimming of buffalo grass. I only had a ten minute wait.
When I returned in the late afternoon, I was extremely surprised to see that all of the road crews were gone for the first time since May and the project looked cleaned up and complete!
Now, after looking at the D.O.T. website, I see that more roadwork still is needed, and that it isn’t complete after all. However, I want to take this time to say “Mahalo nui loa” to the road crews, engineers, managers and county for working together to make this road passable, stabilized and safer. Cheers to an emergency management job well done!
Kimberly McLaughlin, Hanalei
Water pollution goes back for years
I read with a little exasperation, your July 17 commentary on the water pollution at West Kauai Beaches.
Whether it was your intent or not, it will persuade more crowding at unwelcome areas, and punish innocent businesses out west. You give the impression the ADC is solely responsible, and the problematic water management system has only recently been in effect. In fact, well before 2006 when you were Hawaii State Senate Majority Leader, and could of done something about it.
William Hartsell, Kekaha