Traffic situation did not evolve, it was created

The medical profession’s ethical dictum, “first, do no harm,” should become an accountability standard for public officials who permit developments touted to improve our communities, but which ultimately create public hazards and diminish our quality of life.

Few would discount the benefits of the new Kihei Charter School or dismiss the laudable efforts of those who brought the STEM school vision to reality. Yet, it’s stunning to witness the collateral public “harm” generated by the complete absence of any discernible school traffic management plan, an obvious necessity for the twice-daily movement of 650-plus children across the Piilani Highway.

The traffic “nightmares” resulting when hundreds of vehicles concurrently converge upon the Piilani Highway/Lipoa Street intersection when parents deliver or retrieve their children is testament to government incompetence and indifference. A freshman STEM student could have foreseen traffic management necessities and devised an effective mitigation plan. Why couldn’t public officials?

One cannot blame parents for the congestion or for the frustrated motorists accelerating through intersection red lights or driving across an adjacent greenbelt. Parents only seek safe passage for children crossing a state highway increasingly marked with traffic fatality memorials. They, like residents attempting to access their homes, golfers trying to reach the public course, or aggravated drivers attempting to traverse a grossly impaired Piilani Highway, are mere victims of government officials “first doing harm.”

This situation did not evolve, it was created; a confluence of government incompetence and indifference. Must it continue until another highway memorial marker is erected?

Tom Sams