February 14th, 2013

House Speaker Joseph Souki on Thursday credited the public with identifying “pukas” with the Public Land Development Corp., which the House voted unanimously to repeal.

Asked whether he saw any similarities between the public’s reaction to the PLDC and his unpopular van cam law a decade ago, Souki laughed:

“Van cam was one of my favorite projects. It did save lives. And I think it’s very different than van cam,” the speaker said, adding however that like van cam, the idea behind the PLDC was good but the process was off.

2 Responses to “Pukas”

  1. Kolea:

    If we play “compare and contrast” with the PLDC and the vancams, the contrasts strike me as much more significant. I think there would have been support for the vancams had they been implemented more reasonably. There is nothing inherently unjust about ticketing people for speeding, even using cameras for doing it. Had they only gone after the grossest offenders, those going way over the speed limit, they would have had the support of the vast majority of drivers. Instead, they drove that majority into opposition, by ticketing anyone going 6 miles over the posted limit. When you criminalize the normal behavior of the vast majority, of course you are going to engender widespread opposition.

    George Carlin famously observed, “anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.” Had they just gone after the maniacs, most of us would have been onboard. When they ticketed little old ladies for going 6 miles over, they lost us. 90% of us go at least 6 miles over.

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    Speaker Joe has a typical politician’s revisionist view of history.

    Van cam COULD have saved lives if it was deployed on roadways with a dangerous speeding problem (think Kaukonahua Rd.). Instead, they were positioned on major arteries with heavy traffic flow at 10-15 mph over the limit but no significant history of speed-related injuries/deaths (think Pali/Likelike). This was done not to save lives but to generate revenue, like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Absent a showing that there was a more then anecdotal reduction in injuries/deaths on the raodways where van cam was used (and, to my knowledge, there is NONE), Speaker Joe is blowing smoke out his . . . . you know what.

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