Last month, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) launched efforts to ensure pedestrians and drivers pay attention to each other. Pedestrian-related accidents continue to remain a serious concern in Hawaii, especially in Mililani where we are an active community. And whether headed back to school, catching Pokemon, or getting into shape, it is important to remember these tips to help you stay safe:
- Always walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Wear brightly colored clothing so that motorists can see you.
- Watch for vehicles turning into or backing out of parking spaces or driveways.
- Cross streets directly and never diagonally.
- Always cross streets at corners or in marked crosswalks, and make sure to look all ways before crossing.
- Make sure to wait until a car passes before crossing the street.
- If crossing in front of stopped cars, make eye contact with the drivers to make sure they see you before crossing.
- Always walk across the street, never run.
- Put down phones, headphones, and electronic devices down when at an intersection and/or crossing the street.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- If waiting for the bus, make sure to always stand on the side of the road and at least 10 feet away from where the bus will stop. Drivers must also do their part to help keep the community safe:
- Be aware of your surroundings while driving.
- Pay attention to pedestrian traffic especially at crosswalks, intersections, and school zones.
- Put your cell phone down – remember, never text and drive!
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