Speed limit enforcement misses real safety issues

I am glad that the Maui Police Department is concerned about traffic fatalities. It is a pity, though, that so much of its speed limit enforcement activity occurs in sucker zones (e.g., 45-mph zones on Haleakala Highway) instead of in actual dangerous areas like Hansen Road.

The sucker-zone emphasis makes me wonder if MPD is really more interested in revenue generation than in actually doing some good. Call me cynical.

I’m sure there are rules that result in the establishment of those 45-mph zones, but those rules do not correspond with real safety issues. In the absence of police cars, traffic flows smoothly and safely at 55 mph or so through those areas, and there is plenty of time to react to the lights that guard the infrequently used side cane roads.

Mitch Bradley