Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cross Walks are death traps

In August 2012 Lany Salva was hit by a car while walking in a marked crosswalk on Kamehameha Highway at Pahia Road.  The driver fled the scene and has never been identified.  It seems a bit ironic that the state is using this particular incident to promote its campaign about pedestrian safety since the state has done little to improve pedestrian safety conditions for this crosswalk. 

Ever since I was run down and nearly killed while standing in a marked cross walk I consider cross walks to be death traps.  Donʻt expect anyone to stop for you.  Be particularly careful when entering a lane.  Be sure no one is coming before you step out from in front of a car whose driver was considerate enough to stop for you.

Drivers-when you see a car stopped at a cross walk it probably means a pedestrian is crossing.  Donʻt speed through the crosswalk.  You will probably kill someone.

The administration talks a good story, but the solution is for the police to start ticketing drivers who do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.  A few tickets would create a lot more respect for pedestrians in cross walks.

State emphasizes commitment to pedestrian safety

By Web Staff Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2013, 2:17 am Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 6:54 pm

The state wants to remind the public to drive safe.
Gov. Abercrombie kicked off Hawaii’s fourth annual Pedestrian Safety month with its Walk Wise Hawaii program Wednesday.
Hawaii is the only state in the nation with a statewide pedestrian safety month.
Last August, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Kaneohe. Her family is still seeking justice and has a message to the driver.
“It’s been a year and you still never show up. Just please come out,”said Sam Salva whose mom died. “My brother, who just turned three, has slowly forgotten who my mom is.”
The Department of Transportation has these pedestrian safety tips:

Don’t cross when the signal flashes.
Pedestrians always have the right of way.
If someone is struck, give aid and call 911.

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