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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 17, 2001

Traffic photo warnings extended

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Associated Press

The warning period for the new photo enforcement traffic system on O'ahu was supposed to have ended yesterday.

But state Transportation Director Brian Minaai said the warning period has been extended to early January to give officials more time to answer questions raised by the public.

The issue attracting most comments is the threshold above the speed limit at which citations are issued.

Minaai said the citation threshold will be set around a 10 percent "margin of error."

In all, 42,554 vehicles were checked by speed-enforcement vans since the start of the warning period Dec. 3. Of those, 9,112 were speeding.

Minaai said safety, not revenue, is the program's goal. "If everyone drove at the posted speed limit and stopped for red lights, there wouldn't be any revenue from the program. That is our goal," he said.