Crosswalk Safety means Drivers and Pedestrians must, "Stop, Look and be Aware" when on the road

Driver Awareness and Pedestrian safety in Hawaii has been a hot-topic of discussion and each year, accident statistics and fatalities raise safety and prevention concerns for pedestrians and drivers.

What is my responsibility as a driver?

According to the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Honolulu Police Department, under Hawaii's traffic laws:

  • The law requires drivers to come to a complete stop and yield the right of way when pedestrians are on your half of the roadway, or approaching so closely from the opposite half of the road as to be in imminent danger.
  • Drivers must stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk while executing a right or left turn and the pedestrian is in the half of the roadway that your vehicle is entering.
  • Drivers emerging from or entering an alley, building, private road, or driveway must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk extending over this area.
  • The fine for drivers who do not stop for pedestrians is $97 to $107.

What is my role as a pedestrian?

  • The etiquette of pedestrian safety has raised questions: Is it okay to cross when the "Don't Walk" signal is flashing? Will I be cited for not stopping for pedestrians on the sidewalk waiting to cross?
  • No pedestrian shall enter any marked or unmarked crosswalk or part thereof when vehicular traffic is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard, nor shall any pedestrian enter any marked or unmarked crosswalk where traffic signs forbid such entry.
  • No pedestrian shall cross any roadway within any business district except within a marked or unmarked crosswalk, nor any roadway in any residence district within 200 feet of any intersection except in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at such intersection.
  • The law does not require a motorist to stop for a pedestrian on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street. The pedestrian must be crossing within the crosswalk.
  • In areas where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians walking along and upon any roadway, when practical, should walk only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic from the opposite direction.
  • No pedestrian shall cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by traffic-control devices, and shall do so only in accordance with traffic control devices pertaining to such movements.

Pedestrian Signal Etiquette

  • No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the "Don't Walk" or "Upraised Palm" signal, whether flashing or steady.
  • Any pedestrian who has partially completed the pedestrian crossing on the "Walk" or "Walking Person" signal shall complete the crossing to a sidewalk or safety island while the "Don't Walk" or "Upraised Palm" signal is showing.
  • Pedestrians shall obey instructions on any traffic-control device specifically applicable, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

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