Jaywalking and Pedestrian Safety Tips

Jaywalking is crossing the street outside of a crosswalk or away from a street corner. Jaywalking is against the law and is punishable by a fine of $130 for pedestrians who fail to obey the law in Hawaii. According to the Honolulu Police Department, every year, Hawaii has an average of 28 pedestrian fatalities and approximately 560 pedestrian injuries per year.

Per capita, Hawaii has the 4th highest pedestrian fatality rate in the United States with a majority of fatalities occurring because pedestrians failed to use crosswalks and did not cross at intersections. The Honolulu Police Department suggest the following safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Always cross within marked crosswalks or at street corners.
  • Look left, right, and then left again for vehicular traffic before stepping onto the roadway.
  • Yield to any approaching vehicles while crossing even if you have the right of way. Oncoming vehicles may reach you faster than you anticipate.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you.
  • Keep to the right of the crosswalk, and be patient and alert when crossing the street.
  • Walk across the street, never run.
  • Obey all traffic signals and use the pedestrian signal button at intersections.
  • Cross the street only when the green "Walk" light is on. Do not begin crossing if the red "Don't Walk" or upraised hand is flashing or steady.
  • Be especially careful of vehicles that may turn right on red or turn left at an intersection. Drivers may be busy looking out for other vehicles instead of pedestrians.
  • If buses or other large vehicles are blocking your view, wait for them to pass before crossing. These vehicles may be blocking the view of drivers in other lanes.
  • Watch for vehicles turning into or backing out of parking spaces or driveways. Do not walk behind a vehicle that has its reverse lights on.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic so you can see oncoming traffic.

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