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August 2017 Archives

New ordinance in Honolulu emphasizes pedestrian safety

Residents of Honolulu are used to walking to and from many destinations. Because it is a gorgeous and convenient place to travel by foot, foot traffic is almost as common as motor vehicle traffic. Because roadways are altered to increase the safety for motorists, the same should be considered for those walking on sidewalks and near the streets. However, concern for pedestrian safety is not always in the forefront of people's minds.

When a drug addict is your surgeon

For people dealing with a serious medical condition, surgery is generally the last resort, because of all the risks involved. When the operation goes well, you still could have to endure a long, painful recovery. And if there are complications, you could end up permanently disabled.

Tourists suffer more snorkeling deaths

From 2003 to 2012, the rate of tourist drownings in Hawaii was 13 times greater than the national average and almost 10 times greater than people who live there. According to statistics from the state, 102 tourists drowned while snorkeling from 2003 to 2012, while only 13 Hawaii residents drowned within the same time period. Almost one tourist dies weekly in recreation accidents involving snorkeling, swimming, hiking and scenic drives. Snorkeling is the most common of these activities that led to a deadly accident.

Hawaii distraction law looks the wrong way

A new law intended to lower Honolulu's pedestrian death-rate, which is among the highest in the country, is targeting the wrong cause and may not effectively deter this fatal injury. The new measure was signed into law in July and penalizes pedestrians who cross a street while looking at their cellphone.

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