Humps vs. bumps

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMENTARY -

Hilo In­ter­na­tional Air­port re­cently in­stalled “speed humps” that are ac­tu­ally speed bumps.

There is a dis­tinct dif­fer­ence, and they are us­ing sig­nage that is wrong and sub­jects driv­ers, pas­sen­gers and their ve­hi­cles to shock and po­ten­tially se­vere dam­age.

A speed hump is one that a mo­torist can go over safely, with­out brak­ing, at the proper as­signed speed limit for the area. A speed bump con­notes that driv­ers must slow down to a near stop in or­der to go over with­out in­ci­dent.

The air­port in­stalled the lat­ter, re­quir­ing mo­torists to al­most come to a com­plete stop to drive over, yet their sig­nage prompts that it is a speed hump.

Be­cause of my un­der­stand­ing of the ter­mi­nol­ogy, I was quite sur­prised and shaken, and my car suf­fered lost align­ment as it jolted and went air­borne over the first one. My back has not been the same since.

I am re­quest­ing you in­ves­ti­gate this and put pres­sure on air­port of­fi­cials to ei­ther re­move or mod­ify these need­less haz­ards or pro­vide proper sig­nage for the area. Also, there is in­ad­e­quate light­ing on the bumps at night, and that puts mo­torists, their pas­sen­gers and cars at great risk of harm and dam­age.

Air­planes are made to fly, not cars. Let’s fix this! Karen Welsh


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