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Hawaii tops nation for rise in pedestrian fatalities
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Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2018 Preliminary Data

From Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Feb 28, 2019

GHSA's annual spotlight report, "Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2018 Preliminary Data," offers a first look at state and national trends in 2018 pedestrian deaths. The report projects 6,227 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2018, the highest number in nearly three decades.

GHSA's projection represents a four percent increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities during 2018. The report examines a number of factors that may be influencing the rise in pedestrian deaths, including increased exposure; unfriendly infrastructure; unsafe driving behaviors; and increased presence of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Additionally, comprehensive infrastructural, educational and enforcement approaches are discussed as promising strategies to reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle crashes.

Hawaii

  • Jan-Jun 2017 – 1 fatality
  • Jan-Jun 2018 – 19 fatalities 
  • Change from 2017 to 2018 -- #18 / 1800%  (Largest percentage gain in USA)

Hawaii continued educational presentations to remind drivers and pedestrians about pedestrian safety. The state also used NHTSA funds for pedestrian enforcement efforts focused on drivers and pedestrians. As for infrastructure, Hawaii began installing “gateway” treatments in the Nuuanu area of Oahu, and Hawaii DOT has begun to display traffic safety messages on Dynamic Message Signs on Oahu’s highways. Section 402 funds are used for media, educational presentations and pedestrian enforcement.

PDF: Download the Report

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