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Hawaii ranked as most dangerous state for older pedestrians

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:06 p.m. HST, May 20, 2014

A new report Tuesday confirms other studies that give Hawaii the dubious distinction as the most dangerous state for pedestrians over the age of 65.

The Aloha State has the highest fatality rate in the nation per capita for older pedestrians, with 6.81 deaths per every 100,000 adults 65 and older from 2003 to 2010, according to a new report out from Smart Growth America.

It's even more dangerous for pedestrians in Hawaii who are 75 or older, who have a fatality rate of 9.75 per 100,000, the report found.

The group's analysis is based on injury statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's not the first time Hawaii has been listed as the most dangerous state for people crossing the street.

A separate National Highway Traffic Safety study listed the state as having the highest rate of fatalities involving pedestrians 65 or older from 2007 to 2011.  During that period, the state saw a rate of five deaths a year per every 100,000 seniors, the study found.

Dangerous by Design 2014 Hawaii

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alohacharlie wrote:
You do not suppose this has anything to do with the fact that most Hawaiian drives run thru red lights. And, when is the last time you ever saw a police office stop a car that you just saw run a red light? I live in Waikiki, do not own a car, walk almost everywhere, and seldom stand at a traffic signal waiting for the light to change without seeing at least one car run the red light, often time with a police car also sitting there waiting for the light to change. I suppose that all of those officers are on a call so can not do a traffic stop - if you believe that I have some beachfront property I would like to sell you in Alaska.
on May 20,2014 | 02:04PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
There are some lovely coastal properties in the 49th State. What do have available?
on May 20,2014 | 03:05PM
headcheese wrote:
Violations, like, texting or talking on phone while driving, drinking, then driving, contribute to inattention to pedestrians. Turning right on red? look right, check for pedestrians before you do. Pedestrians should stop, look left, then right and left again before setting foot on the pavement. Even when the light is with you, you could be right--dead right.
on May 20,2014 | 02:07PM
cojef wrote:
Mental attitude has to change. For unknown reasons there are among the driving population a percentage of individuals whose character changes from a peaceful God fearing individual to a monster of the freeways. It has to do with the power one feels when we get behind wheel. We need to beat the other guy to the crossing or cut him off at the pass. We dart in and out of traffic and speed excessively, often times far beyond the safe posted speed limit. Yes, we are road warriors and master of the universe. Noticeable more so if one has a rocket-tone tail pipe. The roar give a sense of power that is exhilarating. How's that for my take on driving??
on May 20,2014 | 02:33PM
rhone wrote:
Pedestrians need to take some responsibility, too. I see a lot of elderly people crossing the street in the middle of traffic, as if they don't care.
on May 20,2014 | 02:38PM
awahana wrote:
They're old. They have senior issues. You will be doing that one day also.
Drivers need to pay attention. There is no excuse to run them over.
I don't even run over birds or animals. Maybe ants...
on May 20,2014 | 03:42PM
Anonymous wrote:
Me, too!
on May 20,2014 | 05:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
You are absolutely right! But it would be great if they could cross on their own light!
on May 20,2014 | 05:25PM
entrkn wrote:
Hawaii state & local governments, and workers, cops, and courts don't give a damn who gets run over and killed or maimed. The laws are toothless, the cops are lazy, and the courts are inept, and yes, traffic cams would make a big positive difference.
on May 20,2014 | 02:38PM
entrkn wrote:
Hawaii state & local governments, and workers, cops, and courts don't care who gets run over and killed or maimed. The laws are toothless, the cops are lazy, and the courts are inept, and yes, traffic cams would make a big positive difference.
on May 20,2014 | 02:39PM
9ronboz wrote:
wrong, wrong, wrong & wrong
on May 20,2014 | 03:29PM
juke wrote:
on May 20,2014 | 08:46PM
lynnh wrote:
Wrong period!
on May 20,2014 | 11:11PM
Anonymous wrote:
I don't think cams are the answer. The answer is giving pedestrians their own light!
on May 20,2014 | 05:26PM
ivegotspunk wrote:
This morning I was standing at a crosswalk with an elderly man. He ended up crossing the street while the light was still red just because there weren't any cars coming. I think a lot of those fatalities can be attributed to the elderly not abiding by simple street rules. I see so many of them jaywalking or not even looking before they cross.
on May 20,2014 | 02:42PM
atom wrote:
I swear we have the most crosswalks that cover four to five lanes of traffic. They should just get rid of them and force people to walk to the traffic light crossing. Getting people to stop on a two lane road is pretty difficult, getting all five lanes to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk is pretty dang impossible.
on May 20,2014 | 02:45PM
kiragirl wrote:
Agree. There are many crosswalks that should be removed. Sheridan/King especially since there is a traffic light crossing 100 feet away. Also the one just past Isenberg. In addition, no bus stops where there are no crosswalks. These city transportation employees need to get out of their offices and look for dangerous crosswalk and remove them.
on May 20,2014 | 03:19PM
Anonymous wrote:
I know. Isn't it ridiculous!
on May 20,2014 | 05:26PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
It's the only way to improve the housing inventory.
on May 20,2014 | 03:04PM
Anonymous wrote:
Ha, ha. So cute.
on May 20,2014 | 05:27PM
MrMililani wrote:
OK...that does it. I'm shipping Grandma to Las Vegas.
on May 20,2014 | 04:08PM
Anonymous wrote:
You know, I am so sick of this pathetic state that does not want to spend money on safety! It will take several deaths before someone with authority will make a change. Several letters have been written to Letters to the Editor suggesting pedestrians be given their own light, not having to share the green light with cars. Not only is it safer for pedestrians young and old, but THIS WOULD ALSO INCREASE TRAFFIC FLOW. And where no light is used, there should be a flashing yellow light indicating a pedestrian is crossing as there is at Schofield. Come on, Hawaii! Make some noise! I, myself, have nearly been killed by a driver not waiting for me to cross!
on May 20,2014 | 05:23PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Most people cut across the crosswalks and older people not fast enough to see the car coming around the corner looking left. The driver unable to react in time to stop. Stay in the cross walk and don't try to save a few steps that will get you run over.
on May 20,2014 | 05:46PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Congratulations to Hawaii - No. 1 in number of old people killed on the streets! Hawaii can't be no. 1 in sports, education, business, government, etc. but KILL, Yes!
on May 20,2014 | 06:59PM
soundofreason wrote:
And Hawaii is yet again at the wrong end of yet another list.
on May 20,2014 | 07:27PM
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