Driving instructor explains technique for more crosswalk safety
It may not be textbook technique but for Daniel Ka'imi, it works.
Hawaii's roadways are deadly, and the numbers show it.
According to the Hawaii Department of Transportation, there have been 36 pedestrian deaths this year, statewide. Of that, 24 happened here on Oahu.
DOT has been boosting efforts to fight those fatal numbers like placing fluorescent signs along the Pali Highway. A move the state made after an elderly man was hit by an oncoming car while in a marked crosswalk with no traffic light.
Daniel Ka'imi, owner and operator of "A One Driving School", says it's crosswalks like those that can be tricky.
"They actually flag the pedestrian to go in front of them and just to go, but the car that's coming doesn't know that. and that's a big problem," Ka'imi said.
It's crucial for all drivers to be cautious all the time.
"I tell my students, anytime you see a vehicle stop and you don't know why they stopped, guess what, slow down till you figured out why the stopped," Ka'imi said.
Ka'imi has been running his driving school for more than 50 years when he was younger, he was on the other side of the wheel, a victim of an accident.
"I never forgot that, so now I always pay attention," he said.
To ensure something like that never happens to anyone else.
"If I come up to a crosswalk, marked or unmarked crosswalk or any pedestrian that's crossing in front of me that I'm stopping for, I put out my hand out the window and use a stop," Ka'imi said.
It may not be textbook technique but for Ka'imi, it works.
"Sharing the road properly is everyone's responsibility and HDOT will continue its efforts to educate our residents and visitors about traffic safety issues, including pedestrian safety, so that all roadway users arrive safely."