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Oahu traffic deaths ahead of '08 pace, road safety urged

Capt. Jerry Wojcik Capt. Jerry Wojcik

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MOILIILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Don't let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season make you cut corners when it comes to safety. Honolulu police and members of the community are pleading with drivers and pedestrians to travel responsibly.

They took their message to the streets Wednesday afternoon, waving signs at nearly a dozen busy intersections on Oahu.

Right now, Oahu is ahead of last year's pace as far as the number of traffic fatalities. So far this year, 48 people have died on the island's roadways.

A couple dozen people gathered at Old Stadium Park in Moiliili for the traffic safety campaign.

What's on Santa's wish list? Apparently, safer roads. Armed with signs, he and his elves urged drivers and pedestrians to watch out for each other.

The daughter of a recent crash victim was among the group. Last month, a car plowed into a woman who was walking in a crosswalk on her way to lunch. Mal Sun Chun, 79, was killed.

"It hurts you. I've been in for 33 years and every one is sad," Capt. Jerry Wojcik, Honolulu Police Department, said. "You see the family. You know how it affects, and the drivers are affected also. Nobody wants to take someone's life."

Officers were on hand to issue citations to traffic law violators.

Police are urging people to be more responsible. They say speed, alcohol or drugs played a role in 27 of the 48 traffic deaths so far this year.

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