The Most Current Updates Concerning Traffic

Dec 02, 2020  

Through Thursday, six people had died in crashes in the county this year, compared with 22 at the same time last year for a 73 percent decrease, according to police. The rate of decline was the largest in the state, followed by decreases of 40 percent on Kauai and 39 percent in Hawaii County during the same period, according to state Department of Transportation statistics released Wednesday. In Honolulu County, fatal traffic deaths rose by 2 percent to 47, compared with 46 at this time last year. Statewide, 73 traffic deaths have been reported this year, marking a 27 percent decrease from the same period last year. “This is even webpage with a reduction of roughly a third of vehicle trips daily,” according to a Department of Transportation news release. As the Maui Police Department kicked off its holiday impaired driving enforcement campaign on Thanksgiving Eve, police traffic commander Lt. William Hankins thanked those who have worked with police to turn around the numbers for the county this year. “This time last year we had a very serious problem,” Hankins said during a gathering Wednesday at the Wailuku Police Station before the second Hannah Brown Memorial Intoxication Checkpoint, held in honor of the 19-year-old Wailuku resident who was killed in a collision caused by a suspected drunken driver last year. Hankins said 15, or 68 percent of fatal crashes at this time last year were caused by drivers who were impaired by alcohol or drugs. “We had to come up with a different plan,” he said.

Bobsled and skeleton Olympic test event in China called off amid travel concerns Another test event for the 2022 Beijing Olympics was called off Saturday, when bobsled and skeleton officials canceled plans to have a training week and World Cup race on a newly built track to end this year's sliding season. The decision comes just days after luge officials also canceled that sport's season-ending World Cup and training week on the track built in Yanqing. The reason, in both cases, was the same: ongoing concerns about international travel during the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China about a year ago. In a letter sent to national federations Saturday, International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation secretary general Heike Groesswang said several weeks of conversations were held about how to move forward with the training week and World Cup "under the challenging circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic causes to all of us." The new schedule calls for a bobsled training week in early October and a skeleton training week later in October. That means many nations will likely have to choose some semblance of their 2021-22 national teams by the end of this season, since most of the world's tracks won't be iced and operating before those training weeks in China are held. "A replacement for the World Cup in March 2021 will be announced next week," Groesswang said. USA Bobsled and Skeleton and USA Luge are sitting out the pre-Christmas portions of the World Cup schedules in those sports, as are several other nations, because of concerns about international travel and other pandemic-related issues. In a women's World Cup bobsled race in Latvia on Saturday, only six sleds finished the two runs. That was believed to be the smallest World Cup field since women began competing on the circuit. It's been tradition for at least the last five Olympic cycles for a World Cup event to be held on that track that will host the games the following winter, and those races have been critical in terms of teams collecting data and formulating an Olympic strategy.