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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.

According to recent reports, the city council in Honolulu voted on an ordinance that would penalize pedestrians for texting while walking in a crosswalk. This ordinance passed, as it was viewed as a measure to protect pedestrians and further prevent motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians.

However, this ordinance, which is the first of its kind in the U.S., highlights the need to take action to further protect pedestrians in Honolulu and other cities across the nation. While reducing pedestrian negligence in a pedestrian-car accident is important, it is equally important to take measures to reduce the negligent acts that tend to cause these accidents.

Due to the recent spike in pedestrian deaths, it is important that pedestrians and drivers are not treated in comparable terms. An automobile is large, made of metal and has the ability to travel at a high rate of speed. Thus, taking measures to make travel safer, especially in a city that has a high rate of pedestrian traffic, is imperative. This could mean taking measures, such as making wider sidewalks, shorter crosswalks, additional traffic signals, rigorous enforcement of speed limits and the prohibition of phone use by motorists.

The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be catastrophic. Therefore, victims of such a collision should understand that they have rights and options. It is possible to hold negligent motorists accountable, which helps the victim recover compensation for the losses and damages they suffered. If a victim wishes to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for their accident, they may wish to consult a personal injury attorney to discuss the circumstances of their case.

Source: Nextcity.org, "Distracted Pedestrians Are Not the Threat Honolulu Says They Are," Maurie J. Cohen and Esther Zipori, August 15, 2017

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