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Number of traffic deaths on Oahu decline

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - So far this year, the number of traffic deaths on Oahu is down compared to this time last year.

As we head into the holiday season, police hope it stays that way.

Roads tend to get busier this time of year, as people head to family gatherings and other holiday parties.

A Leeward Oahu boy, who's still recovering from his injuries after being hit by a truck, hopes drivers will be careful.

like most 14-year-olds, Naiche Abeyta hates being stuck at home.

"It's boring 'cause I usually go out every day, never home. It sucks," said Naiche Abeyta.

But a month after a truck plowed into him on Farrington Highway, not far from his home, he still has metal pins holding his leg together.

Unable to do much, he relies on a tutor to help him keep up with his school work. Still, he's grateful.

"I'm still here. Like if I was only a little bit farther into the crosswalk, then I probably wouldn't be here,"said Naiche.

As of Tuesday, 42 people died in traffic crashes on oahu this year. The number of fatalities is down 31-percent from the same period last year.

"He could have been killed, you know. And we're so thankful for that, that he's not, you know, that he's alive," said his mother, Yvette Abeyta.

Between January first and the end of last month, police responded to four-thousand-eight major traffic collisions on Oahu, a 15-percent drop from the same period last year.

Yvette Abeyta's foster daughter was hit by a vehicle five years ago. During this holiday season, the two crash victims hope people won't drink and drive.

Beginning Wednesday night, officers will be setting up DUI checkpoints to look for impaired drivers.

The random checkpoints will continue through New Year's Day.

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