I saw this article in the Star-Advertiser over a week ago about pedestrian deaths in Hawaii.
"The death of 28-year-old Frank Ryder as he was walking along the shoulder of Kahekili Highway on Thursday morning was the 17th pedestrian traffic fatality on Oahu this year.
Ryder was also the fifth Oahu pedestrian to be killed by a car in six weeks and the eighth since mid-July. There were 10 pedestrian fatalities recorded in all of 2009, and 14 in 2008."
It appears Mr. Ryder was walking on the shoulder of the road. We've also had an awful lot of people who died walking in crosswalks... IN CROSSWALKS! Why?
Driver inattentiveness? Cellphone usage? We're not supposed to use cellphones while driving in Hawaii, but I've seen people not following that rule a lot.
I've noticed that they show actors on Hawaii 5-0 not wearing seat belts and talking on cellphones while driving. They're also taking their eyes off the road ranting at each other for long periods while behind the wheel.
Yes, I know it's all acting.
However, I've seen real people driving very distractedly. It scares me to hear Art tell me of people being very discourteous while he's out jogging.
A couple of nights ago, I heard of another pedestrian death in a crosswalk in Honolulu. This time it was an older woman.
I'd like to warn all tourists coming to Hawaii. Be careful when crossing the street. It's not exactly safe.
POSTSCRIPT: My brother (who works for the police department) reminded me that police officers are allowed to use cellphones while driving in the line of duty.