Should We Designate a School Zone on Judd Street?
Dear Editor, September 6, 2019
I am concerned about an area full of keiki with too many cars driving too fast. On Judd Street, between Nu`uanu Avenue and Liliha Street, we find the Pali Preschool, the Judd Street Preschool of Kama`aina Kids, and the Waolani Judd Nazarene School. I think it might be great if we could designate this stretch of Judd Street as a school zone.
Many drivers use Judd Street and Bachelot Street as a cutoff so that they can skip the Liliha/Kuakini or Nu`uanu/Pauoa and Nu`uanu/Kuakini stoplights. To do this, they often drive at high speeds on Judd and then on Bachelot, often blowing straight through the stop signs, like the one at the intersection of Bachelot and Bates on the way down to Kuakini.
If that stretch of Judd became a school zone, the drivers would be less likely to race through the entire area because the school zone would not permit them to save time by speeding.
As I have been talking about the idea with residents in the area, and people involved with the schools, everyone is supportive. Some worry that the governmental structures involved in the process would not be willing to take action because the schools are private. I don’t know the rules, but I do know one thing: the keiki at the private schools deserve a safe place to learn and grow just as much as the keiki in public schools.
This neighborhood is also the same one that was home of the Hometown Hero featured recently, Mr. Albert Matsumoto, the Mayor of Bachelot, who is 93 years old and stands in front of his house with a sign asking drivers to slow down and only drive 25 MPH. Making Judd a school zone between Liliha and Nu`uanu would honor Mr. Matsumoto’s spirit and keep the residents safe.
If God blesses me with children of my own one day, I will want their schools to be safe places. I hope we can do the same for everyone’s children.
Justin Mark Hideaki Salisbury