Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there’s one that all road users share — everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2013, totaling 4,735 deaths. Walk Wise Hawaii is working hard to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrians, and to provide leadership, expertise, and resources to communities across America to combat these crashes. They urge parents, caregivers, educators, traffic safety officials, and advocates to make the most of our pedestrian safety resources to improve the quality of life in their communities.
The purpose of the Hawaii State Department of Transportation’s Walk Wise Hawaii program is to educate the public with an emphasis on seniors and children on good pedestrian behavior and to raise driver awareness of pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recognized the Walk Wise Hawaii program with a Lifesavers Award for its outstanding community outreach.
If you are interested in learning about Pedestrian Safety Activities during the month of August, please go the www.facebook.com/WalkWiseHawaii to find a complete calendar of events and how to participate.