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January 15, 2015

Think About It - Arrive Alive

We're on an awful pace for 150 pedestrian deaths in 2015 after three people were killed while walking in the first week of this year. Oahu saw 25 pedestrian deaths in 2014, 19 deaths in 2013, and 16 deaths in 2012. That's a bad chart heading in the wrong direction. Accidents happen for any number of reasons- inattentiveness of the walker, cluelessness of the driver, sun glare, rain issues, speeding, cell phone anxiety, driving on manual pilot since the driver is so used to the area, ignorance of the area, etc., etc.

Some simple rules might help here. When coming to intersections, slow down- easy, but not often witnessed. When walking, wait a bit extra before crossing a street, and never dart out in unmarked areas, especially at dusk or dawn. If you walk at night, wear a light top to provide better visibility for drivers. Don't assume you have the right of way as a walker- you may be right, but if you don't look carefully or you meet a careless driver, you may end up dead right.

Congested areas abound, especially in the Kalihi, downtown, Makiki, Nuuanu corridors, so take extra care when driving or walking in these car and pedestrian-heavy zones. As of January 6, three pedestrians had been killed on Oahu streets in 2015. At that pace, we could see 150 people killed while walking this year. Astounding, though that pace surely can't continue- can it? Slow down, look up, and left and right; they're called accidents for a reason. And we can all help prevent them. Think about it… 

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