Residents express concerns about race on H1

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Drag racing on the H-1 freeway is causing many sleepless nights for the residents of Pearl City. They said it was only a matter of time before a major accident happened.

Locals said the area near the Kaahumanu Street overpass in Pearl City was a popular place for drag racing, especially on weekends, late at night until the wee hours of the morning.

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Pearl City Neighborhood Council Chairman Larry Veray shot video as cars accelerated with roaring engines shortly after midnight Sunday.

“It usually starts at midnight and then it lasts until three in the morning,” Veray said. “Recently with the big car clubs, I got it between 1:30 and 2:30 in the morning.”

He said things were only getting worse as cars started coming back and racing down the highway.

“When people are falling into a deep sleep at one or two in the morning, that’s when these vehicles start coming back west, and it affects them because they explode,” Veray said.

Besides the nuisance, he said it is a tragedy waiting to happen.

“It will probably be a matter of time before someone loses control and we are going to have a fiery crash,” he said.

The issue prompted numerous complaints at ward council meetings and also caught the attention of area lawmakers.

“I will be asking the Department of Health to do decibel-level measurements to establish and ensure that we can report the seriousness of this matter,” said Senator Bennette Misalucha, who represents the regions of Pearl City and from Aia.

Misalucha said she is also contacting the HPD to see if more law enforcement can be done during those nighttime hours.

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HPD sent us a statement saying, “Patrol officers are performing traffic enforcement on the H-1 as part of their assigned duties. When available, officers … are brought in to supplement speeding and dangerous driving enforcement.

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