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Slow Down on Kihei Road

It’s a beach, condo and shopping access street, not a NASCAR racetrack.

July 18, 2013
Charles Laquidara - Contributing Writer ( , Maui Weekly

Yesterday, someone gave me a copy of a letter that had recently been sent to the Maui Police Department. The letter reads:

"My wife and I use the crosswalk at Kilohana Drive and South Kihei Road almost every morning between 7 a.m. and noon in order to access the ocean. Drivers are not complying with speed limit signs here (20 mph) or crosswalk laws. Some of those signs are not even visible because they are covered by outgrowing palm leaves.

We try to step into the crosswalk only when approaching traffic has had ample opportunity to see us and stop in a safe manner. We have to wait for too many drivers that are driving at very excessive speeds. We have almost been run over many times by drivers who go through the crosswalk at speeds estimated to be in excess of 45 mph--while we are in the crosswalk. We have heard numerous complaints from friends and other people we have met regarding the same thing.

I am requesting that you write as many citations as you can for one week in this area and put the information in the newspaper. I am sure this will not only reduce unsafe driving at this location, but may also slow other drivers who use Kihei Road in other areas like this, where there is a preponderance of families who are oblivious to the danger or think they are safe in the crosswalk.

And please consider assigning one of Maui's Finest to Kihei Road with a radar gun occasionally, in hopes that drivers will learn that this is a beach access road and not a highway.

I couldn't agree more. Instead of concentrating our local police up on the Pi'ilani Highway to enforce that ridiculous 40 mph speed limit, many of my friends, neighbors and fellow Maui residents feel that our island would be much better served by bringing some of those new, unmarked cars down to South Kihei Road.

As we all know, Kihei Road is a very thickly settled beach access road with cars entering from intersections, stores and beach parks every few seconds, and it's especially busy during visitor season.

Let's not wait until some unfortunate pedestrian is killed or injured by a NASCAR driver on his way to work in Wailea or Makena.

Please ask our local police to support the tourists, residents and beach-goers and keep them safe by making South Kihei Road a safe road to walk across and to travel on--not the "Vegas dice-throw" it sometimes feels like on a busy weekday morning.

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