The number of pedestrians killed in Hawaii this year is 6 times the figure in 2017

The number of pedestrians killed in Hawaii this year is 6 times the figure in 2017
So far this year, 79 people have died on Hawaii roadways. (Image: State Transportation Department)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Twenty-five pedestrians have died on Hawaii roadways so far this year.

That compares to just four at the same time last year, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The agency released the figures in hopes of preventing more deaths, and will also be bolstering an awareness campaign that includes highway signage.

"We want people to take driving and pedestrian safety seriously," said Transportation Director Jade Butay.

The big increase in pedestrian deaths comes as motor vehicle deaths have declined this year.

As of Sept. 13, some 31 people have died in cars on Hawaii roads. That's compared to 45 at the same time last year.

The total number of traffic fatalities, which also include moped and bicycle deaths, is 79 so far this year.

At the same time last year, it was 72.

We ask people to remind their friends and family, especially younger drivers, about safe driving. Speak up if you think someone shouldn't get behind the wheel or if you are in a car and the driver starts to text," said Highways Deputy Director Ed Sniffen, in a news release.

He added, "Pedestrians need to stay alert and shouldn't assume cars will stop for them."

While the number of pedestrian deaths is way up this year compared to 2017, Hawaii sees an average of 24 pedestrian fatalities each year, according to Transportation Department statistics.

The department has sought to reduce pedestrian fatalities, including with increased education and safer roadway design.

This story will be updated. 

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