HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than half of all traffic fatalities on Oahu so far this year were pedestrian accidents, and the Honolulu Police Department is ramping up efforts to try to change that.
The HPD announced on Monday a joint campaign with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation running through the summer.
Some of the steps police officers have already taken this month to increase pedestrian safety include handing out safety flyers and issuing warnings. Starting in July, patrol officers will also issue tickets to both pedestrians and drivers who don't follow the rules of the road.
Pedestrians can face a $130 fine for failing to follow crosswalk lights or for jaywalking. Drivers will be required to appear in court if they fail to properly yield to pedestrians, according to the HPD.
"Each of us, at some point in our lives, is a pedestrian," said Major Darren Izumo, commander of the Traffic Division, in a news release shared on the department's website. "We need to take responsibility for our personal safety. We can't always rely on a crosswalk, stop sign, or red light to keep us safe."
Police say 12 of the 20 traffic-related fatalities on Oahu since the start of the year were pedestrians.