Humps vs. bumps
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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