We are fast approaching an unwanted record: Hawaii's high number of pedestrian fatalities.
          Pedestrian deaths normally make up a quarter of the fatalities along our roads, but this year there have been just as many people killed while walking as have died in state-wide car crashes.

       Oahu Drivers better pay attention! Honolulu police officers, in plain clothes, have started stepping into crosswalks to make sure drivers stop. If they don't, expect a ticket.

"We're going to do a pedestrian operation every day this month. Sometimes multiple locations, multiple times," said Capt. Ben Moszkowicz, with HPD's Traffic Division.

Honolulu Police feel the urgency to protect pedestrians as fatal accidents approach record territory.
Not just along busy Honolulu streets but on rural roads, like the most recent death on Oahu's north shore.

"I'm not going to say, 'We're going to the spots where we've had fatalities', because it is everywhere," stated Moszkowicz.

Three quarters of deadly accidents have happened outside of crosswalks, and both drivers and pedestrians have been to blame for fatalities. 

"We have drivers who have hit pedestrians on the side of the road in rural areas. We've had four where pedestrians were walking along the freeway at bizarre hours of the night. And two in the last two weeks, where someone was lying down at the entrance to a parking garage," stated Moszkowicz.
 
"The number one reason for pedestrian crashes is inattentive behavior. We're just not paying enough attention to each other. We need to change the way we walk and the way we drive," said Lance Rae, with Walkwise Hawaii.

The state plans on changing the way motorists drive along Kalihi Street. A pilot project is planned, before the end of the year, to install rubber pedestrian crosswalks.

"We may start putting in raised pedestrian islands so drivers see them a lot better. Drivers will also have to slow down because they will be driving over what is essentially, a speed hump," said Dept. of Transportation Deputy Director Ed Sniffen.

If the pilot project is successful, the raised crosswalks could become permanent.
But it may come too late to stop Hawaii from hitting an unwanted milestone: the record number of pedestrian deaths of 36 in one year.
For 2018, there have already been 31 fatalities.   

"I'm absolutely nervous that we will trend above 36 this year, so whatever we can do now to reduce it, we will do," added Sniffen.

       Along with pedestrian fatalities being up, motorcycle, moped and bike deaths are also up, totaling 26 for the year. 
       But the number of car crash fatalities for Hawaii is down dramatically for 2018 and stands at 31, which is almost half of last year's total.