Report: Photo Radar and Super Protector Plates.
(Hawaii411 in no way
condones speeding, running red lights, or reckless driving in any
way. We'd like all Hawaii drivers to be informed of Big Brother on
Everyone's heard about it...
If you drive you need to know about it. It's Hawaii's newest Tax
Revenue Generator... Photo Radar. Designed to effectively and
efficiently deal out citation after citation to Hawaii Drivers, the
photo radar systems have been under a ton of public
The Who: ACS, or Affiliated Computer Services
Inc. of Dallas was given the $14 million contract with the Honolulu
Police Department in July to provide and operate 32 digital cameras to
catch drivers who run red lights or drive at excessive speeds.
Poltech International Inc. of Melbourne, Australia, teamed up with ACS,
providing red-light cameras, equipment and installation for the photo
enforcement, as well as laser camera equipment for photo radar
enforcement. ACS also has provided up to eight laser cameras used
in vans to catch motorists who speed over the posted limits. These laser
cameras will be used on state highways as well as city streets.
The Penalties: The fine
for running a red light is $77. If you are caught speeding, your
ticket will be $27 plus $5 for every mile per hour over the posted speed
limit. If not paid within 15 days, these fines increase. ACS gets a cut
of each ticket, the state judiciary get a piece, and the Transportation
Department gets the rest.
Your Chances: According to an article in the Honolulu Advertiser, systems
went active last week (01.03.02) and captured 927 people speeding. Luckily
for 769 of these people, the kinks still weren't worked out of the
system. Only 158 citations of the 927 were validated and mailed
out because of various operator errors. These errors have since
been corrected, so don't expect to be this lucky again.
Let's do some math here... 4 vans shooting 13,507
vehicles showed 927 of them would've gotten tagged for
speeding. That's almost a 7% chance that you'll be socked
with a $100-$150 violation. After this moving violation makes its
way to your insurance company, your costs are astronomical.
If someone told me that 1 out of every 14 times (that's 7%) I drove I'd
get nailed, I'd trade in my keys for a bus pass. Quite a
stiff penalty, and the odds are worse than a crooked Vegas casino.
Things people have been doing to avoid being ticketed:
1. Know the road and be careful when approaching known photo radar
intersections (listed at the end of this article). Do not enter
intersections and try to beat the yellow light.
2. Don't exceed the posted speed limit (yah right.)
3. Go with the flow of traffic.
PROTECTOR license plate covers, which shield your vehicles license from
angled viewing. (on sale through Hawaii411.com here) Despite the
police and media's best efforts to say these items 'don't work' and are
'illegal', we have not heard of one person yet who has been tagged for
this item. We also suspect that some of the 769 people who were
lucky and not ticketed may have foiled the cameras using this
device. There are thousands out on the road.
5. Take off your front license plate. Hawaii law forbids
this, but some people rather take a $50 ticket for this than to pay
$100-$150 AND have a moving violation on their record. Not having
a license plate yields a non-moving violation, and therefore does not
raise insurance rates. BUT, police are being hard on this
violation now days.
6. Some people are installing Laser Diffusers, which attempts to
make your car invisible to Photo Radar. It's been my as well as
that these items are not only very pricey, but do not even work.
Things to know about the law: The law states that anything that
obstructs the clear view of a vehicle's license plate shall be deemed
illegal. Protector License Shields do not interfere with direct
viewing of the plate, and have caused legality debates in many states...
None of which to my knowledge have been able to ban them. We're
not saying you won't get tagged for having one of these plate covers...
We're saying that it is highly unlikely that the police will start.
BUY PROTECTOR PLATE COVERS:|
Hawaii411 has teamed up with Ontrack, the
Canadian company that has been producing Hawaii's hottest selling item
in the past couple weeks. We are encouraging dealers to purchase
thru us, as we are the master dealer of these products. Here are
the prices (not including shipping if needed). Your plate covers
will be available immediately for pickup if we have enough in stock (and
we got plenty!)... Or, we could ship them to you at true shipping
cost.. Up to you.
|Buy X number
|100 or more
|75 - 99
|50 - 74
|25 - 49
|01 - 24
Again, Hawaii411 promotes safe driving. Nothing
can replace a human life so please drive safely. Email us at email@example.com
with any questions regarding purchasing of photoradar plates.
As promised, here is a list of known speed trap
and stop light violation checkpoints as listed by the Honolulu Advertiser:
Initial locations for photo-enforcement of laws regarding stop lights.
Boulevard and Punchbowl Street
Highway and School Street
Highway and Kahekili Highway
Exit 18 East and Middle Street
Highway and Kalihi Street
Road and Kupuna Loop
Highway and 'Ainakoa Avenue/Waikui Street
Highway and Nanakuli Avenue
Weaver Road and A'awa Drive/Old Fort Weaver Road
Highway and Pali Momi Street
locations for photo-enforcement of speeding laws
Highway, Route 83 & 99