Don't Walk: Hawaii Pedestrians, Especially Elderly, Die At High Rate

Alia Wong/Civil Beat

More elderly pedestrians are killed in Hawaii than anyplace else in the country. Now, several efforts are coming together to try to make the streets safer for all pedestrians — no matter their age.

The Honolulu City Council earlier this year initiated a new program to study why so many pedestrian accidents occur and to come up with solutions.

And the state Department of Transportation last week released a new plan for pedestrian safety throughout the state.

But “no one thing will turn the tide,” said Bruce Bottorff, a spokesman for Hawaii’s AARP, which campaigns for improvements to pedestrian safety. “We’ll never reach a completely satisfactory conclusion. With more cars on the road and an increasingly older population, you’ve got a potentially lethal combination.”

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