Police are urging drivers to decelerate and drive sober this vacation season because the variety of traffic-related fatalities proceed to surpass these from final yr.
Statewide, there have been 81 traffic-related fatalities in roughly the primary 11 months of this yr — 9 greater than the identical time final yr — in accordance with preliminary statistics from the Hawaii Division of Transportation.
Of the 81 fatalities from Jan. 1 to final Wednesday, 29 concerned bikes and scooters, 27 concerned motorcar occupants, 20 concerned pedestrians, 4 concerned bicyclists, and one concerned an ATV operator.
The statistics don’t embrace those who occurred over the previous few days, together with a male pedestrian that died Sunday night after he was struck by a pickup truck in Wahiawa.
Practically half have been associated to rushing, in accordance with a information launch from Moms In opposition to Drunk Driving Hawaii. Whereas toxicology outcomes are nonetheless pending for a lot of visitors fatalities this yr, MADD Hawaii stated historic knowledge reveals almost half of drivers additionally take a look at constructive for medicine or alcohol.
Fatalities involving bikes, mopeds and scooters are greater than double the quantity — 29 in comparison with 12 — on the identical time final yr. Most occurred on Oahu, however all 4 main counties have recorded at the least one thus far this yr.
In Honolulu, there have been fewer fatalities involving motorcar occupants thus far this yr, at seven, in comparison with 24 throughout the identical time interval final yr.
The other is true for Hawaii County, the place there have been 13 fatalities involving motorcar occupants this yr in comparison with 9 on the identical time final yr. On Maui, there have been six fatalities involving motorcar occupants, up from only one on the identical time final yr.
On Oahu, MADD Hawaii has kicked off its annual “Tie One On for Security” marketing campaign to remind the neighborhood of the risks of impaired driving this vacation season and of December as Nationwide Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
On Maui, the police division’s visitors division final Wednesday teamed up with MADD and the household and buddies of Hannah Brown to kick off the county’s impaired driving consciousness vacation marketing campaign in Wailuku. MPD is dedicating a DUI checkpoint to Brown for the third yr.
On June 23, 2019, Brown, age 19, was killed in a head-on collision with one other automobile going the flawed approach operated by a drunk driver.
“We hope that by memorializing Hannah at this occasion yearly, particularly as we enter essentially the most harmful time of the yr for driving, folks will cease and assume earlier than they get behind the wheel,” stated MPD’s Lt. William Hankins in a information launch. “Please bear in mind there are households, just like the Browns and too many others on Maui, which have needed to undergo the mindless and preventable lack of a cherished one by the hands of an intoxicated driver.”
Hawaii County additionally launched its “No Excuse” marketing campaign with a vacation sign-waving occasion on Kanoelehua Avenue final week to remind drivers to drive sober or get pulled over.
“The fact is that HPD officers have been stopping, issuing citations and arresting drivers making dangerous choices behind the wheel because the public emergency [related to COVID-19] started,” stated police in a information launch.
All 4 county police departments can be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in the course of the vacation season.
MADD’s purple ribbons can be found statewide at Napa Auto Components shops, Foodland, Aloha Island Marts, and the workplaces of the 4 county mayors and prosecuting attorneys.
Their goal is to remind folks to decelerate and obey pace limits, buckle up, and plan a protected approach house earlier than consuming intoxicants. Even one alcoholic beverage can sluggish response instances and impair judgment. Pals might help by not letting buddies drive whereas impaired.
“Legislation enforcement companies throughout the state proceed to conduct visitors enforcement to stop mindless tragedies and save lives,” stated performing Main James Slayter of HPD’s Site visitors Division in a information launch. “Our dedication hasn’t wavered, however we’d like everybody else to do their half, too. Decelerate, drive sober, put on your seat belt and be careful for all roadway customers so that everybody can get house safely.”
TRAFFIC RELATED FATALITIES
Site visitors-related deaths in Hawaii from Jan. 1 to Nov. 24:
>> State (81 whole): 27 motor automobiles, 20 pedestrians, 29 bikes and scooters, 4 bicyclists, 1 ATV operator.
>> Metropolis and County of Honolulu (39 whole): 7 motor automobiles, 14 pedestrians, 15 bikes and scooters, 3 bicyclists.
>> Hawaii County (25 whole): 13 motor automobiles, 2 pedestrians, 9 bikes and scooters, 1 ATV operator.
>> Maui County (15 whole): 6 motor automobiles, 4 pedestrians, 4 bikes and scooters, 1 bicyclist.
>> Kauai County: (2 whole), 1 motorcar, 1 bike.