Hawaii launches 5th annual statewide Pedestrian Safety Month

August is Pedestrian Safety Month and state officials are hoping the public will come together to prevent more tragedies on the road.

Throughout the month, the Department of Transportation will partner with other counties and private organizations to raise awareness of pedestrian safety through educational campaigns and events, and ultimately save lives.

“For both drvers and pedestrians, you’ve got to think about what’s important now. If you’re driving, pay attention to the road,” said Capt. Darren Izumo with the Honolulu Police Department. “For pedestrians, you also have a responsibility. You have to make yourself as safe as possible. Use crosswalks when you can, follow traffic signals, make yourself visible especially at night, but mostly don’t assume the driver sees you. You’ve got to watch out for cars.”

Hawaii is the only state in the nation with a statewide pedestrian safety month.

This year, DOT’s Walk Wise Hawaii program is bringing together public partners such as the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services and all four county police departments, in addition to private partners such as AAA-Hawaii, Farmers Insurance Hawaii, Kamaaina Kids, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii and MomsInHawaii.

The following Pedestrian Safety Month campaigns and events are slated for August:

City & County of Honolulu

  • National Night Out – the Honolulu Police Department and Neighborhood Watch teams from around the island will walk to promote safety in our communities in Kailua and Kapolei on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • First Friday Downtown Honolulu – the Walk Wise Hawaii street team will be in the Chinatown district promoting good pedestrian behavior and “being seen at night” since most pedestrian accidents occur at night.
  • Walk Wise Hawaii’s Speakers Bureau and the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services’ Walk Wise Hawaii Team will be conducting dozens of pedestrian safety presentations at senior centers, community centers and elementary, middle and high schools.
  • The Honolulu Police Department will partner with Walk Wise Hawaii in several pedestrian sign waving events on Oahu to remind drivers of the laws pertaining to pedestrians.
  • The Walk Wise Hawaii Street Team and the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services’ Walk Wise Hawaii Team will be at shopping malls throughout Oahu asking people to take the Walk Wise Pedestrian Pledge. Check out Walk Wise Hawaii on Facebook for a listing of malls scheduled.
  • University of Hawaii students and faculty at all 10 campuses statewide will be educated through a series of special events and presentations on good pedestrian safety tips for walking to class and driver awareness tips for those driving to school beginning in August.

Hawaii County

  • Hawaii Police Department will partner with Walk Wise Hawaii in several pedestrian sign waving events aimed at drivers.
  • Mayor Billy Kenoi will award the Big Island Pedestrian Safety Posters winners at a special presentation on Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at his office at the West Hawaii Civic Center.
  • Trot Fun Run and Walk Historic Kailua Village every Tuesday in August from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Participants will receive Walk Wise Hawaii red blinking lights and yellow reflective shopping bags to promote “being seen at night.”
  • Hilo Farmers Market – the Walk Wise Hawaii Street Team will be asking residents to take the Walk Wise Hawaii Pedestrian Pledge.

Kauai County

  • Kauai Police Department will partner with Walk Wise Hawaii in several pedestrian safety sign waving and educational events.
  • First Friday Kapaa – the Walk Wise Hawaii street team will be in force in the Kapaa shopping and dining district promoting good pedestrian behavior and “being seen at night” since most pedestrian accidents occur at night.
  • The Walk Wise Hawaii Street Team will be at various shopping centers on Kauai asking people to take the Walk Wise Pedestrian Pledge. Check out Walk Wise Hawaii on Facebook for a listing of malls scheduled.

Maui County

  • Maui Police Department will partner with Walk Wise Hawaii in several pedestrian safety sign waving and educational events.
  • Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will award the Maui Pedestrian Safety Posters winners at a special presentation on Aug. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at his office in Wailuku.
  • Maui Friday Town Parties – beginning in August the Walk Wise Hawaii Street Team will be in Wailuku, Lahaina, Makawao and Kihei promoting good pedestrian behavior and “being seen at night” since most pedestrian accidents occur at night.
  • Queen Kaahumanu Center – the Walk Wise Hawaii Street Team will be at the Center asking shoppers to take the Walk Wise Hawaii Pedestrian Pledge throughout the month.

For more information on Walk Wise Hawaii and a list of specific Pedestrian Safety Month events, call (808) 587-2160 or click here.

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