Honolulu police stepping up enforcement to promote pedestrian safety

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Jul 24 2013 11:59:57 AM HST

Police are warning both drivers and pedestrians to expect more enforcement and fines for anyone who violates state laws.

HONOLULU -

The number of pedestrian fatalities on Oahu is climbing and on pace to far surpass the total from previous years.

Last year, there were 17.  This year, there are already 15 deaths.

"Throughout the next month, officers will be conducting pedestrian-related enforcement at various locations across Oahu.  Drivers and pedestrians who break the law will be cited," said Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

With more than a million people on Oahu, the dangers of a crowded island are obvious.  This month, a 24-year-old man died after being hit by a truck on the Pali Highway.  Last week, another man died after being struck by a trolley near Ala Moana Beach Park.  Just before that, there was another fatality involving a man in his 30s who was run over while lying on the road.

"The key here is not enforcement, they key here is getting people to take responsibility for their own safety," said Chief Kealoha.

So far this year, the Honolulu Police Department has cited drivers and pedestrians 1,700 times for things like speeding, texting and not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.  That's well below the average in recent years with as many as 5,300 citations in 2011.

"Our goal is to deter dangerous and illegal behavior and save lives," said Chief Kealoha.

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