Gov. David Ige is poised on Tuesday to sign four traffic-safety measures passed in this year’s Legislative session into law. Those bills include:

  • Senate Bill 663, which establishes a committee of local police, court and transportation officials to develop red-light camera programs in all four counties.
  • Senate Bill 98, which looks to clarify when vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under various circumstances.
  • Senate Bill 693, which clarifies that pedestrians at intersections with flashing countdown timers should only cross if they can do so before the timer ends.
  • House Bill 757, which requires Hawaii’s state and county transportation agencies to adopt so-called “Vision Zero” plans, which aim to reducing traffic deaths with safer street designs, speed-reduction policies and other steps to protect commuters.
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Gov. David Ige at a recent media briefing. The governor is slated to sign traffic-safety measures into law Tuesday. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The bill signings, which are slated to take place 3 p.m. in Ige’s office, come after 44 pedestrians died across Hawaii in 2018, including 27 on Oahu.

Smart Growth America, which advocates for better urban design to benefit local residents, recently ranked Hawaii the 30th most dangerous state in its 2019 Dangerous By Design report.

Notably, however, the report also found Hawaii to be the third most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians over 50.

Coming up: Join us for a Civil Cafe regarding pedestrian safety Tuesday, June 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Impact HUB Honolulu. Click here for details.

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