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Surge in pedestrian deaths leads to another traffic safety effort by police

Maj. Thomas Nitta Maj. Thomas Nitta

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Responding to a surge in pedestrian fatalities on Oahu this year, police spent Tuesday morning distributing traffic safety brochures to shoppers and others near the Don Quijote store on Kaheka Street in Honolulu.

Four pedestrians were killed in just the first month of 2010, compared to 10 pedestrian deaths for all of 2009.

Police say the average age of the pedestrian victims last year was 63.4, while the average age of the drivers who struck them was 47.1.

"The numbers are going down but even one pedestrian is too much, so its something that were working for awareness and it's everybody's business, not only the pedestrians but the drivers" said Major Thomas Nitta of HPD's traffic division.

The fine for jaywalking is $130.

Meanwhile, police are concerned about a spike in drunken driving arrests on Oahu. Nitta says mug shots of 108 DUI suspects arrested over the past week will be posted on HPD's website Wednesday.

Nitta say the number of DUI arrests had dropped after the website mug photo project began, from 85 to 90 arrests per week in 2008 to 50 to 70 per week in late 2009.

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