By: Tianna Morimoto
HNN Summer Intern
HONOLULU, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) – According to the Hawaii Department of Transportation, 22 pedestrians have been killed on Hawaii roadways so far this year.
That's equal to 33 percent of all traffic related deaths in 2018, far surpassing last year's total of one pedestrian death in the months of January to July.
On Tuesday, Gov. David Ige, along with the HDOT and other partners launched the 9th annual statewide Pedestrian Safety Month which officially begins August 1.
"As thousands of students head back to school, we must renew our commitment to looking out for our keiki, kupuna, and all pedestrians on our roadways," Ige said in a news release.
Pedestrian Safety Month is aimed at drawing attention to the pedestrians who have been killed roads, bringing awareness to anyone who steps foot, or turns their wheels on Hawaii streets
Ige said, "Hawaii is the first state in the nation to dedicate an entire month to pedestrian safety. Education and awareness are key to keeping our pedestrians safe."
The HDOT reminds everyone that safety on the road is a shared responsibility between pedestrians and motorists.
"Drivers are cautioned to put down their cell phones, follow speed limits, and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections. Pedestrians should be aware that, statistically, their major dangers include not paying attention in crosswalks, jaywalking, and not being visible when walking at night," the HDOT added.