Hawaii sees 84 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2018

Hawaii sees 84 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2018

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Transportation says pedestrian fatalities have increased by 84 percent from the same time last year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 25 pedestrians have died as of Sept. 13 this year compared to four deaths last year in all four counties.

The total number of deaths from all traffic-related incidents remains about the same with about 80 deaths compared to 72 over the same time last year, taking into account the fatalities as recently as Saturday night. 

Twenty of those fatal accidents involved motorcycles, scooters and mopeds.

Oahu had the sharpest rise in fatal accidents, up to 45 this year from 31 last year.

Fatal accidents went down in Hawaii County with 21 traffic deaths as of Sept. 13 compared to 29 fatalities during the same time period last year.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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