Hawaii’s Road Safety
Woo! Hoo! It’s October already, and with it comes all the end-of-year holidays and festivities. In thinking about the upcoming holidays, this is a good time to remind ourselves about road safety, because the local news about the same thing has not been cheerful. So far, 2018 has been a very bad year for pedestrian accidents and fatalities. Since last month, 25 pedestrians have died on Hawaii’s roads, and even more hurt. With the approach of Halloween, we all need to exercise safe driving and safe walking.
Pedestrian accidents happen because of a multitude of reasons. One of the biggest reasons today is what has been termed “distracted driving.” Drivers are taking phone calls, texting, or even surfing the web and don’t see pedestrians until it’s too late. Speeding is another factor. Of course, the faster we drive the longer it takes to stop; perhaps not allowing us enough to stop before we see someone step into the road. Intoxication is always a driving concern, especially during holidays. Please don’t drink and drive, and don’t let those that you know to be intoxicated drive. Many pedestrian accidents happen in crosswalks that are on turns for drivers. We are turning left or right into a crosswalk where the pedestrian has the right-of-way; these are scary crosswalks and turns for drivers and pedestrians so be vigilant.
Let’s keep the number of pedestrian accidents down. Together, we can all keep the remainder of the year a safe one for both pedestrians and drivers. Remind family and friends about safe driving. Be sure to speak up if you think someone should not get behind the wheel of a car, or, if you’re in a car and the driver is texting. As a pedestrian, don’t assume that drivers can see you. Be cautious and safe as you cross our roadways.
Safe and Happy Halloween to All!