Immediately after the January 25 accident in which a speeding drifter collided with a bicyclist on Tantalus/ Round Top Drive, Tantalus residents and I met with City Department of Transportation Services, Design and Construction and Honolulu Police Department representatives to discuss solutions to this problem. Although illegal drifting and racing have been identifi ed as safety hazards in Makiki/Tantalus during the past 20 years, residents have reported that increased activity has occurred during the past 8-10 years, especially with the advent of social media.
Several of the proposed community solutions involve installation of speed bumps, rumble strips, raised pavement markers (and other roadway impediments to discourage reckless driving), increased police presence or restricted night time access to the Round Top Drive/Tantalus community. However, City agency representatives raised several concerns with these community recommendations, pointing out that speed bumps and rumble strips may cause even greater traffic hazards, and HPD manpower shortages limit the City’s enforcement alternatives.
While the departments review ‘anti-cruising’ legislation examples from other cities, I am proposing legislation with harsher penalties, including confiscation of vehicles or loss of motor vehicle licenses for motorists who engage in racing, drifting, and similar illegal activities (go here to review draft legislation).
We would appreciate feedback from Makiki/Tantalus/Round Top Drive residents on the proposed legislation.