Church­go­ers hit with jay­walk­ing tick­ets

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

It is shame­ful how some Honolulu po­lice of­fi­cers think it is ap­pro­pri­ate to wait in an un­marked car parked on Ka­heka Street in front of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church across from Don Qui­jote to tar­get Catholics on their way to and from church for jay­walk­ing.

Per­haps there needs to be a cross­walk there sim­i­lar to the one con­nect­ing Don Qui­jote to its park­ing garage.

Af­ter my girl­friend and I each re­ceived $130 jay­walk­ing ci­ta­tions on our way to 9 a.m. Mass on Feb. 11, I made a sign to warn other Catholics on their way to church. It was not soon enough. Sev­eral other parish­ioners came up to me shar­ing their fresh tick­ets.

I don’t think this is right.

Po­lice could of­fer to ad­dress the con­gre­ga­tion about the dan­ger­ous traf­fic in the area, or es­cort the el­derly safely across the street.

It’s sad that the near­est cross­walks are nearly 100 yards away in ei­ther di­rec­tion.

Matthew Ledet McCully

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