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