Crosswalk deaths higher among Hawaii seniorsUPDATED 10:41 PM HST Jul 09, 2014Video Transcript
The number 17 is more than a statistic ... It's the amount of pedestrians who lost their lives across the state so far this year. Of those 17 -- Walk Wise Hawaii says nine of those were senior citizens -- all over 65. That's more seniors killed in pedestrian crashes so far this year -- than all of last year combined. 46 "SENIOR CITIZENS ARE NOT AS AGILE AS THEY USED TO BE SO CROSSING THE STREET IS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A CHALLENGE FOR THEM." Officials say the recent spike of senior pedestrians dying has them worried. Especially after seeing a decline of those statistics in recent years. While pedestrian safety month is on the horizon... Walk Wise Hawaii wants to spread its safety message early to help prevent more people from getting killed on our roadways. 301 "WHEN YOU ASK MOST PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY SENIOR CITIZENS WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU CROSS THE STREET, THEY'RE LIKE OH I LOOK LEFT, I LOOK RIGHT AND I CROSS." Experts say that's a good answer -- but not the best one. 310 "THE BEST ANSWER IS TO LOOK LEFT, TO LOOK RIGHT, TO LOOK LEFT AGAIN, AND CONTINUE LOOKING WHILE CROSSING THE STREET. WE ASK PEOPLE TO NEVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED THAT YOU'RE SAFE." Officials say the number one reason people get hit is because they're not paying attention. This senior is seen crossing when he's not supposed to. Safety experts have a message for that too. 59 - 116 "WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO TELL SENIOR CITIZENS AND ACTUALLY ALL OF THE PUBLIC IS THAT WHEN THAT COUNTDOWN LIGHT COMES ON, IF YOU'RE IN THE CROSSWALK, PLEASE CONTINUE WALKING TO THE END, THAT COUNTDOWN IS FOR YOU. IF YOU'RE ON THE SIDEWALK AND YOU'RE RUSHING TO GET THERE AND YOU SEE THE COUNTDOWN, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CROSSWALK." Officials also told us that they see a spike in the amount of pedestrian deaths during July and August ... They're unsure why -- but next month -- they will be launching the states annual Pedestrian Safety Campaign.