Senior Crosswalk Safety

In Hawaii, maintaining an active lifestyle is important and for many seniors, daily walks are one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep fit. According to the CDC, approximately 24% of Hawaii’s population is over the age of 60 and this percentage is expected to double by the year 2025.

As we get older physical changes occur and delayed reaction times make it difficult for many seniors to stay safe. Peripheral vision is diminished, reflexes are slow and the ability to move quickly has decreased; making it more difficult to cross the street. Currently, Hawaii has the highest fatality rate in the country among older pedestrians. As drivers approach intersections, they are cautioned to be patient and considerate of elderly pedestrians who are crossing the street.

Safety tips for Seniors:

  • When possible, establish eye contact with drivers and continue looking left-right-left while crossing.
  • Make sure you are seen: wear bright or light colored clothing during the day, and at night wear special reflective material on your shoes, hat or clothing when dark outside.
  • Always cross the street directly at a cross walk or at the corner. Never cross diagonally into the street to a crosswalk.
  • Look for oncoming vehicles before stepping down from the sidewalk. Remember that oncoming vehicles may approach quicker than anticipated.

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