Pedestrian safety is a main area of concern in cities across the country. Especially in Hawaii, streets are becoming crowded and dangerous as more and more drivers take to roadways. According to records, 22 pedestrians have been killed in Hawaii this year. In an effort to bring awareness to pedestrian safety and prevent further pedestrian accidents, state officials have designated the month of August as Pedestrian Safety Month.
Officials say some of the high-risk activities include jaywalking, walking at night while not being visible and not paying attention while using crosswalks. Drivers across the state are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and should also remain focused behind the wheel and avoid using cell phones, officials said. Speeding also increases the odds of an accident.
In the coming weeks, the amount of foot traffic along city streets may increase as students head back to school. As part of Pedestrian Safety Month, reflective safety bands and clip-on lights will be offered for free at various public community events across Hawaii. In a recent statement, Governor David Ige said that Hawaii is the first state in the country to dedicate a month to the safety of pedestrians.
Undoubtedly, public awareness campaigns such as this can be crucial to the safety of pedestrians across Hawaii. However, traveling by foot is becoming more and more dangerous as roadways are increasingly crowded. Those who have been injured or suffered the loss of loved ones in pedestrian accidents should consider seeking the services of a knowledgeable attorney. A successfully litigated claim could result in vital compensation as well as a sense of justice.