Letter for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Slow accident cleanup unacceptable

Tuesday’s paper carries this story:

“KOLOA — Maluhia Road in Koloa was closed for about two hours Monday following a two-vehicle crash.

The occupants of both vehicles did not sustain any injuries.

Shortly before 9:20 a.m., a Ford dump truck was traveling south on Maluhia Road when it failed to negotiate a curve, causing the truck to slide off the roadway and flip onto its side, according to a county press release. As the truck flipped over, it struck an oncoming Nissan SUV.

Maluhia Road was closed in both directions until about 11:10 a.m., while the roadway was cleared.”

Can someone explain to me why it takes two hours to re-open a road after a non-injury crash? I can assure you this kind of delay would be unacceptable anywhere else. I have known of people missing flights, etc. because of the inordinately slow method of cleaning up after an accident on this island.

And while I am at it, remove the abandoned cars on the roadsides. How unsightly. Makes Kauai look Third World. Oh and one more thing, when will the Eleele pedestrian overpass be repairs? It’s been closed since a truck hit it in 2018! Talk about slow on the repairs.

Rev. Dr. Rex Piercy, Hanapepe

  1. IKUDIAS October 16, 2019 6:56 am Reply

    I agree, why cant kauai be more like where you came from

  2. Ka'aona Kipuka October 16, 2019 8:23 am Reply

    So you’re that kind of “doctor”. And you’re employed by the NHTSA and an expert on accident clean up and its duration. I’m so sorry this inconvenienced you and disrupted your life. The shame of these people, I wouldn’t tolerate this if I were you. I would relocate to a land of rainbows & unicorns where everything is perfect and accident cleanups take all of five minutes. You’re an idiot!!! I swear you transplants kill me. You decided to move here and then you have the god- damn nerve to complain about stuff when your life is interrupted. You don’t like it then leave… Once again ALOHA means goodbye as well….

    1. manongindashadow0711 October 16, 2019 1:44 pm Reply

      I am a local born and raised on Kauai. I too, am frustrated of waiting so long for traffic to clear after an accident.
      Why can’t KPD just mark were the vehicle stopped? By marking the front tires and the back tires position on the road way. Also do the same with any other vehicle(s) involved of the accident. When the EMT and Fire Truck is clear from the area. Let traffic through.
      It’s a pain to not have any water, and restroom. Also, to miss an appointment such as doctors.

    2. Joe Public October 16, 2019 1:56 pm Reply

      Totally spot on. You are correct.

    3. Jjjames October 16, 2019 3:31 pm Reply

      Why are people so rude in their comments??! Calling names and degrading people just because their opinion differs from yours. It would be far more productive if these comments were more considerate and offered reasonable advise or suggestions. Expressing your own opinion by degrading someone else’s opinion just because it differs from yours only sheds more doubt on your opinion and demonstrates ignorance.

  3. justmyopinion October 16, 2019 3:19 pm Reply

    One way to reduces the road closures due to accidents is to reduce the number of accidents. How do you do that?? Simple. Make sure that people are properly trained and absolutely responsible enough to drive a vehicle. Receiving a license to operate a vehicle on the public roads is a “privilege “. It IS NOT a “right”. There are many many more deaths on america’s highways, than there are by guns. Perhaps thorough “background checks” should be done before issuing a drivers license.

    1. Jake October 17, 2019 2:02 pm Reply

      Automobile Safety in the USA is an absolute abomination. Almost 40,000 people killed on our roads a year.

      “You just turned 16 years old, and passed your drivers test. Here is your driver’s license…….Congrats!!!….You are good to drive for LIFE. No retraining. No recertification. No mandatory eye or hearing tests when you become a Senior Citizen. Enjoy!!”.

      Stop the madness!!

      1. Makani B. Howard October 24, 2019 9:24 am Reply

        Jake, I don’t know about you, but you because maybe you are special, but most people do have to take tests periodically to keep their license. It is not given to you for “life.”

  4. Makani B. Howard October 17, 2019 9:40 am Reply

    I do agree with you. It makes no sense.

    And for those who disagree; what is wrong with wanting to do things properly and timely? What is wrong with wanting to be the best that you can be? When others depend upon you, it is important that you get you job done correctly and quickly. If they can do it this way in other places, then find out how they do it, and copy their procedures. No shame in that.

  5. doug October 19, 2019 9:22 am Reply

    The process is so slow because of the courts; if you don’t take your time and dot every “i” and cross every “t” the case gets thrown out of court because the officer screwed something up. So they have to be very careful on how they process the scene.

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