Safe driving advocates continue to plead lawmakers for stricter rules on drunk driving following tragic Kakaako incident
Remembering those killed in the tragic Kaka’ako accident.
How can we as a community prevent fatal crashes like the Kakaako crash that happened almost three weeks ago? That's why a group of people came together Saturday for an event: “Hawaii - We Care”.
The event was hosted by non profit group, Visitors Aloha Society of Hawaii, remember and honor those killed. Families of the victims also spoke.
"I just hope that this doesn't just mobilize lawmakers to pass these bills, I think it should also mobilize and encourage everybody,” Melissa Lau, Wife of William Travis Lau, said.
Lau's husand was kiled when a truck accused of speeding, plowed into a crowd at Ala Moana Blvd and Kamakee St that killed three people. Police also found alcohol in the driver's truck and said they believe he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Safe driving advocates say they want to see stricter enforcement and punishment for impaired driving.
"Maybe there needs to be more law-enforcement, that's the first fix that can happen. Legislatively absolutely. Judicially yes. It just need to be tougher. We need to make it a serious crime that it is,” Theresa Paulette, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said.
Honolulu police Lt. James Slater responds to these tragedies often and says drunk driving is senseless.
"We see the families, we see the people who are affected and it affects us as well. And it is something that unless you experience it, you're going to think it's an isolated incident, it's an accident, it's a freak thing, it's really not,” Slater said.
Lau is speaking up to spark change so her experience doesn't happen to anyone else.
“It's about time that we get angry and we got shaken up and we say this is enough,” she said.