HPD warns drivers of blocking intersection offense

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It’s a traffic fine that will cost drivers more than not buckling up.

Honolulu Police are reminding drivers not to block intersections and they’re doing it at a known hotspot.

Sgt. Deric Valoroso steps into traffic on Piikoi and Lunalilo Streets, reminding this driver:

“Just remember, you don’t want to get caught in the middle of the intersection. Blocking an intersection is a fineable offense,” Sgt. Valoroso said.

It is an offense that will cost $97.

“This is one of the areas we get the most complaints about, blocking the intersections. It comes from the mayor’s office, it’s a complaint they get on a regular basis,” Sgt. Valoroso said.

Honolulu Police, Farmers Insurance Hawaii and other members from the community are reminding drivers how one or two cars sitting in the intersection can cause a major backlog.

Police call the intersection of Piikoi and Lunalilo Streets a “choke point” because cars are trying to get on and off the freeway.

“So it’s going to not only tie up traffic, here, but surrounding intersections down the way and it just causes major traffic jams for all of that area,” Sgt. Valoroso said.

It doesn’t just cause congestion on the roads, but it also becomes a safety issue and nuisance for pedestrians.

“You would think that people would be more conscious of the fact that some people have to use scooters like I do to cross and when you block the cross walk. It’s hard for me to do that,” pedestrian Steve Zierak said.

“We just want to encourage the drivers to drive with Aloha and be courteous. I think that’s really what it is,” Farmers Insurance Hawaii Marketing Manager Melanie Joseph said.

Not following the laws of the road can create a domino effect and a major headache for many others.

“Some people just don’t think that it’s that bad because you’re not hurting anybody, but in fact, you’re hurting everybody around you,” Sgt. Valoroso said.

Even though police were only handing out warnings on Thursday, they might not be as kind next week.

They plan to be out there again and plan to hand out tickets to drivers who are caught blocking the intersection.

Related story: Honolulu police issuing hundreds of tickets across Oahu

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