Although well-intentioned, I question the long-term value of the county's "Operation Speed" program conducted recently.
Yes, 634 citations were given out in an effort to get drivers to slow down, wear their seat belts, and stop talking on their cellphones without hands-free devices.
Effectively, those 634 citations, at an average of about $150 each, took roughly $100,000 of Maui residents' money and placed it in the state General Fund.
That wouldn't be such a bad thing if that money were going to be used to improve Maui roads, or Maui schools, or even Maui's police force - but reality is, very little if any of that money will trickle down to benefit our community.
Most or all of that money, as always, will go to cover shortfalls in the county budget on Oahu.
But perhaps it was all worth it if it really made an impact and got drivers to slow down a little. Maybe, but as I drove the Mokulele Highway recently - the first day after the completion of "Operation Speed"- it really made me wonder.
I was driving a "few" miles over the speed limit, and cars - and I mean every car - zipped past me like I was standing still, going at least 65-70 mph.
It almost seemed like a backlash in a way, and drivers were gleefully predisposed to resuming their old habits.
So much for that $100,000.