The first red light traffic cameras in Honolulu are now issuing citations, according to a notification we received from the Hawaii Department of Transportation. Hawaii has been far behind most of the country in automatic traffic tickets, but it appears that will not be the case much longer. See the maps below of those locations Hawaii visitors are most likely to encounter.
The first Honolulu red light camera started citation-issuing on November 20, and the second one will begin ticketing starting Monday. Those two are at Vineyard and Liliha and Vineyard and Palama. Both are generally out of the way for many visitors.
The first location has resulted in only 39 red light citations. This averages two violations per day, which is one-fifth as many as the pre-ticketing study indicated would be the case. We aren’t sure why that is. The next sites include Vineyard Boulevard and Nuuanu Avenue, which will soon be ticketing.
1,879 crashes due to red-light and other traffic light violations.
The DOT said that “red-light running is a significant cause of crashes, deaths, and injuries at signalized intersections. Statewide, between 2015 and 2020, there have been 1,879 crashes as a result of red-light and other traffic signal violations.” We know this to be the case, and it is very concerning.
Hawaii is catching up in automated traffic enforcement.
Hawaii is just 1 of 26 states which don’t currently use automated traffic enforcement on roads. The DOT said that “Federal data suggests that automated traffic enforcement can reduce costs of enforcement, lessen the danger of enforcement for officers, and increase the perception of drivers that there are consequences to violating traffic laws.”
Up to $200 for first-time red-light running violation following a 3-year plan.
In 2019 a bill was introduced in the state legislature. Then in 2020, a 2-year pilot was authorized. Earlier this year, Honolulu began selecting intersections for the implementation. Then starting in September, the final intersections were selected.
The next locations for the red light cameras will be Vineyard Boulevard and Nuuanu Avenue, Pali Highway and Vineyard Boulevard, and Pali Highway and School Street.
These locations will include the ones frequented most by visitors.
Those coming up include the following: