HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Aloha! Welcome to paradise, where everything is laid back and there are not that many rules to follow. Or rules that confuse you.
But tourists as well as Hawaii residents have recently discovered that they can actually get a citation just for following the rules.
Anywhere in the world, pedestrians of all persuasions and nationalities understand basic signs like traffic lights. They know when to cross or not to when the lights tell them so. Some more sophisticasted traffic lights don’t only say “walk” or “don’t walk” but also warn the pedestrians that they have a certain number of seconds left to complete their walk to the other side of the street.
Apparently, the Honolulu Police Department has a different take on the traffic lights. The countdown which is meant to warn pedestrians how many seconds they have left to complete their crossing does not mean anything. Anyone who steps off the sidewalk when the countdown begins gets a citation.
So, when in Hawaii, know when to walk or not to walk.