Traffic devices along Kalanianaole Hwy. are sensors, not cameras

Strange devices have popped up at intersections in East Oahu. They’ve raised concerns with some drivers who contacted KHON2 via Report It.

If you’ve driven along Kalanianaole Highway in the past few months, you’ve probably noticed what looks like cameras at every major intersection.

But they’re not.

The state Department of Transportation says they are microwave traffic detectors. They detect the vehicles that are stopped to trigger the traffic lights to turn green.

Traffic detectors are normally under the asphalt, but when the roads are resurfaced, crews have to take them out and install temporary ones above ground.

But many KHON2 talked to say they’re convinced the devices are more for traffic enforcement.

“You see them on almost every light on every intersection,” said Hawaii Kai resident Dennis Reeder. “Although I’ve never seen anyone stopped or get a ticket or heard of anyone getting a ticket from them, but in other states I know that’s what they’re for.”

There are about 20 of the detectors along Kalanianaole Highway.

Officials say they will be removed once resurfacing work is complete.

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