Hawaii’s intersections pose a serious risk to pedestrians and drivers. For example, the 4210 block of Waialae Avenue saw nearly 150 accidents in 2015, and the 2250 block of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki saw nearly 80 accidents. Distractions, heavy foot traffic, and impatient or reckless drivers are contributing factors to the increasing rate of car crashes. Furthermore, the number of car accidents increases during summer. This may be due to the influx of people at malls, theaters, and shopping centers around busy streets.
How can you stay safe in dangerous intersections?
1. Pay Attention.
Distracted driving is a main cause for accidents at intersections. Even a two-second glance at a phone screen can lead to a wreck, and drivers must be careful. In order to protect yourself and others, you should limit the amount of distractions in your car, and make sure passengers know you need to focus on the road. Do not use your phone or text while driving, and be especially cautious around busy shopping centers and intersections. By paying attention to the road, you can help avoid a crash and keep yourself, pedestrians, and other drivers safe. Pedestrians also have a responsibility to pay attention to the road and watch where they are going.
2. Obey the rules.
Traffic laws are in place for a reason: to protect you. It is important for both drivers and pedestrians to obey traffic laws, including speed limits, traffic signals, and stop signs. Pedestrians must also abide by the rules of the road and cross intersections only when permitted. Jaywalking or crossing streets in unsafe locations can cause accidents and endanger the lives of everyone around. It is important for everyone, drivers and pedestrians, to be careful and pay attention to the traffic rules.
3. Walk and drive defensively.
Defensive driving involves looking ahead, watching for obstacles in the road, controlling your speed limit, and respecting other drivers. It is important to maintain a proper distance from the car in front of you, and to pay attention to weather conditions. Pedestrians should also practice safe habits and watch for reckless cars or objects in the road that could lead to a crash. You can help protect yourself and those around you by staying alert, obeying traffic laws, and making wise decisions while crossing intersections.
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