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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kauai police stepping up speed-enforcement efforts

Advertiser Staff

The Kaua'i Police Department announced today that it will be increasing its speed-enforcement efforts with an emphasis on the south and west side of the island. The move comes following recent traffic fatalities.

“Statistics show that speeding is a factor in about one-third of fatal traffic crashes,” said Acting Assistant Chief Ale Quibilan in a statement. “We felt it was time for us to step up our speed-enforcement efforts to deter drivers from going over the posted speed limit and to help keep our roadways safe.”

Quibilan also addressed recent questions asked of police officers by motorists when they are cited for speeding and other moving violations:

  • Isn’t there a 5 to 10 mph leeway? No, the posted speed limit is the highest speed you are allowed to travel on public roadways.

  • Are KPD and/or the county the recipients of fines imposed from the issuance of citations?  No, all fines collected go to the State of Hawai'i general fund.

  • Does KPD set the amount of the fines? No, the Hawai'i State Judiciary sets the amount of the fines, which police officers must follow. For every mile over the posted speed limit, there is a $5 fine plus a court fee of $47, e.g. a driver cited for going 10 miles over the speed limit would be fined $97. For excessive speeding of 30 miles per hour or more, a court appearance is required, which may result in jail time.

  • Do special conditions apply to speeding in a school or construction zone? Yes, the fine for speeding in these areas is set at $297.