July 10, 2010 – Honolulu, HI – A mother of two, was out for her morning walk when she crossed Waiakamilo Road and was struck by a passing car.
Hawaii News Now reports that the intersection of Waiakamilo and North King Street is a particularly dangerous intersection in Hawaii, which AARP has named the 15th most dangerous state for pedestrians. The woman was in a marked crosswalk when she was struck and killed early Saturday morning. She was taken to the hospital with critical injuries to her head and body and later passed away. The driver was believed to not have been speeding at the time the pedestrian accident took place.
This most recent pedestrian accident has resulted in the Honolulu Police Department ramping-up their pedestrian safety efforts starting this past Wednesday with an undercover crackdown. Plain-clothes officers have been dispatched to cross the street during peak traffic times, during which motorcycle police watch for illegal driver conduct.
The crackdown in the Kapalama area has resulted in 61 citations, 16 of them for not stopping or yielding to pedestrians. The fine for failure to stop at least 100 feet from a crosswalk when a pedestrian is present is up to $180.
This crackdown is part of the HPD’s SPAM program, Saving Pedestrians and Motorists. This program was implemented after 9 pedestrian deaths had been reported on Oahu, 3 of them in Klihi alone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2008 Crash Statistics, there were 107 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Hawaii.
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