Hazard lights for pedestrian safety? That’s what the City Council is considering

Hazard lights for pedestrian safety? That’s what the City Council is considering
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You’re supposed to turn on your hazards if you’re having car trouble.

But City Councilmembers are considering a bill that would allow drivers to turn on their hazard lights when they’re waiting at an intersection for pedestrians to cross.

The idea: Hazard lights would alert other drivers to be more aware ― and to slow down.

Bill 83, which unanimously passed a second reading Wednesday, would change the law to allow “the driver of any vehicle that is stopped or stopping for a pedestrian ... (to use) hazard warning lights to alert other drivers on the road.”

The measure continues, “Such lights may be utilized continuously while stopped and during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before stopping.”

In testimony, the Honolulu Police Department noted that the bill wouldn’t have prevented the triple-fatal pedestrian crash in Kakaako on Monday.

But, they noted, it could prove helpful.

“This law would not have prevented it from happening, but we do support it in the way that financially, traffic control devices ― putting blinking lights in the crosswalks ― are definitely expensive,” said police Lt. Andre Peters.

“This would definitely be a more budget efficient way of alerting drivers and definitely as a courtesy for pedestrians in the roadway.”

The measure comes after a deadly year on the roads for pedestrians in the islands.

Some 43 pedestrians died on Hawaii roads in 2018, up from 15 the year before.

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