HPD Sends Valentine's Message to Pedestrians

Deputy Chief Paul Putzulu
Deputy Chief Paul Putzulu
Tekla Weiterman
Tekla Weiterman

HONOLULU(KHNL)- Some of Honolulu's finest spent the day promoting pedestrian safety.

They were out a very busy intersection in downtown, showing people how much they care about pedestrians on Valentine's Day.

They're handing out a cards, candies and an important reminder.

"Actually this is our campaign to remind pedestrians to walk safely as well as drive safely," said Captain Frank Fujii.

During the lunch hour, officers of foot, segways and bikes spread the word to pedestrians and drivers.

"They're our partners in these collisions. And it's important for them to be pay attention, be alert. When they come to the intersection, look to see if there are pedestrians in the area," said Deputy Chief Paul Putzulu.

Police choose this intersection on South King and Bishop because it's one of the busiest in downtown Honolulu. They're trying to reach as many pedestrians as possible.

"I think it's good. I think it's less intimidating. And I think it's for safety," said Marianne Howard, pedestrian.

"It's a really great Valentine's Day surprise. It's good to know they're here, helping us across the street because I know a lot of people jaywalk and do the wrong thing but to reward us for doing the right thing, that's really nice," said Tekla Weiterman, pedestrian.

Officers remind everyone to be cautious of each other and aware of the laws.

"Basically we're going to focus on education, but that doesn't mean we won't cite people for severe violations," said Putzulu.

HPD hopes this small reminder goes a long way in reducing the fatalities on our roads.