The Commuter Club

March 19, 2010

My commute is about as far as it can possibly be on this island. I live on the Northwest (ish)┬ácorner of the island, and I work on the Southeast corner. Without traffic, it’s about 45 minutes, but with traffic it’s an hour and a half. Luckily, my shift avoids rush hour.

As I’ve said before, this is my second week of work. Sadly, I already got a speeding ticket last Friday on my drive home.

They seem to have a surplus of cops here, and what makes it worse is that most of them aren’t even in marked police cars. Apparently, the Hawaii PD solved a budget problem by having cops use their personal cars as patrol cars. So you’ll see a normal looking SUV, but it has a blue light sitting on top, and that’s the enemy….well, the commuter’s enemy anyway.

I actually got pulled over by a motorcycle cop waiting for me under an overpass, so this doesn’t apply to me, but I think these unmarked cop cars are pretty sneaky. They’ll be sitting there innocently on the side of the road, and when it’s dark and you can’t see the light perched on top of the car, you could easily speed on by without realizing you just provoked a cop.

But to combat the overabundance of sneaky cops, it seems that Hawaiian commuters have decided to band together. I’ve started to notice that whenever someone passes a speed trap, they’ll warn oncoming traffic by flashing their headlights. I noticed it twice today, and I just think it’s so considerate. I decided to pass the favor on myself when I saw the evil cops waiting in the shadows, and I’m sure I saved a couple people speeding tickets.

So that’s just another reason I love Hawaii’s aloha spirit.

It’s too bad I still owe $135 on that stupid ticket though (I was only going 60 on the freeway!!!)