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Pedestrians Want Longer Crosswalk Signals

North King Street North King Street
Kapiolani Blvd. Kapiolani Blvd.
North King Street North King Street

By: Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the country.

On Monday, an 81-year-old woman was hit and killed by a vehicle as she tried to cross North King Street.

It's reminding pedestrians to be more cautious of this crosswalk and others in the area.

"For me, I'm gutsy, I run. I'm 69, I'm going to make 70 pretty soon, but I run 'em across the light," said a Kalihi pedestrian.

People say they don't have enough time to get to the other side of North King Street near Aala Park. Pedestrians are barely halfway across the street when the crosswalk signal changes.

According to AARP, there are several crosswalks on Oahu that have safety issues, including the one at Ala Moana Boulevard and Hobron Lane. It gives pedestrians 35 seconds to cross 8 lanes of traffic.

"This is a dangerous corner," said one Waikiki resident.

Pedestrians who use this crosswalk say it gets busier in the late afternoons and early evenings when more tourists are walking around.

Local officials are also concerned about the crosswalk at Kapiolani Boulevard near Ala Moana Center. It's a highly congested area filled with pedestrians and drivers.

Some people we talked to say some crosswalk signals should be fixed. They also believe drivers need to be more cautious of them and slow down.

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