Woody Soldner on Aggravated Drivers
We have a lot of people and a lot of cars in a relatively small space. And Honolulu continues to grow, and people continue to bring their cars – if not one, two – and there’s just more and more people. And our traffic – studies put us either first in the nation in terms of bad traffic or third. However you rank it it’s not good.
Most people who sit in traffic for a long time are frustrated or angry. And some see that as an excuse to drive the way they want to drive instead of following the rules of the road. An insurance company statistic says a resident of Honolulu will be involved in a car crash once every eight years. Now that unfortunately says something about us and the way we drive, and it’s not good.
In most places its 20 to 25 years. We are the only state in the Union that has “Aloha” on our license plate. Literally, the concept of “Aloha” is on our license plate. I think most of the folks here retain the spirit of Aloha in their daily interaction, but I’m afraid we’re losing a lot of our Aloha on the road. It’s almost the opposite. “Whatever you can get away with” becomes an attitude.
When drivers see others who don’t follow the rules of the road, who gun it through a red lights, who don’t use their turn signal, who drive while their talking, who go 30 miles per hour over the speed limit - it becomes the norm. What we see in terms of the crashes that come to us is that it’s becoming pretty commonplace for people to drive in a way that doesn’t even come close to re
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