Police offer tips during pedestrian safety month

August 4, 2022, 9:30am HST
* Updated on August 3 at 17:22

No matter how you choose to travel, at one time or another it’s your feet that take you where you need to go.

August is Pedestrian Safety Month. As part of a statewide effort to increase pedestrian safety awareness, the Hawaii Police Department offers safety tips for motorists and pedestrians.

When drivers maintain safe speeds and practice other safe driving behaviors, a safer walking environment is created for the community. Pedestrians, from keiki to kūpuna, also have to do their part in practicing safe habits.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6,516 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2020 across the United States. On the Big Island, three pedestrians have died in 2021 and four have died so far this year.

“If everyone does their part, we can help reduce injuries and deaths on the roads of the island of Hawaii,” said a news release from the police department.

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Here are some safety tips for drivers:

  • Be aware of pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
  • Be very careful when driving in conditions that are difficult to see, such as at night or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back of the crosswalk to give other vehicles a chance to see crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  • Never pass stopped vehicles in a crosswalk. There may be people crossing where you can’t see.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street, in school zones, and in neighborhoods where there are children.
  • Be very careful when backing up and watch for pedestrians.
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The police offered these safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Follow traffic rules and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on the sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far away from traffic as possible.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely; Continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Watch for cars pulling in or out of driveways or backing into parking lots.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; impair your skills and judgment.

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