Reducing Drunk Driving and Pedestrian’s Safety

 In a joint Republican Caucus Package Press Conference, Representative Colleen Meyer, speaks on the Republican lawmakers focus on reducing drunk driving in Hawaii. Representative Corinne Ching and Senator Sam Gordon Trimble address pedestrian safety.

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DUI StatisticsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites that Hawaii has steadily increased in Alcohol-Related Crashes since 2002. Boston.com reported that Hawaii tops the nation in the percentage of traffic deaths at 52%. In data collected in November by the Honolulu Police Department. 3,622 people were arrested on Oahu on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence. 1,488 or 41% of those suspected had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher. That is nearly twice the state’s legal limit of 0.8. In 2006, 63 of 161 crash fatalities were contributed to drivers who had a blood-alcohol level over the 0.8 limit. Number of Arrest on Oahu on Suspicion of Driving Under the Influence[1]2007: 3,622* (Through November)2006: 3,4322005: 3,2822004: 3,0092003: 2,3412002: 2,188 Highly Intoxicated DriversThrough November, 3,622 people were arrested on Oahu on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence. Of those, 1,488 drivers, or 41% had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher. That is nearly twice the state’ legal limit of 0.8.[2]Fatal Accidents that Involved AlcoholOf the 59 fatal accidents this year, 23 have involved alcohol. (As of November)In 2006, 20 of the 80 fatal accidents that year involved alcohol, according to police.In 2005, 26 of the 72 fatal accidents that year involved alcohol, according to DOT[3] Pedestrian Statistics Hawaii had the fifth highest pedestrian fatality rate from traffic crashes in the United States over the 2001-2005 period, and by far the highest rate among senior-aged pedestrians (65 years and older). The 5-year rate for Hawaii senior-aged pedestrians (40.2 deaths/100,000 senior-aged residents) was nearly 3 times higher than that for the rest of the United States (14.1). A total of 150 pedestrians were killed in Hawaii over the 2001-2005 period, accounting for 22 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. In addition to the 30 pedestrians who are killed each year in the state, another 540 are involved in major traffic crashes. Senior pedestrians have the highest rates of fatal injuries, but the highest rates for non-fatal pedestrian crashes were computed for 5 to 19 year age range, with especially high rates among 10 to14 year-olds.[4]Pedestrian Safety Deaths[5]2001: 302002: 522003: 222004: 312005: 362006[6]: 29 Bicycle Statistics Hawaii had the second highest average annual fatality rate for bicyclists (4.5 deaths/million residents) in the country from 2001-2005, nearly twice that for the rest of the States (2.4). There were 29 deaths from 2001-2005, representing 4 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. While there was no trend in the annual number of fatal injuries, the number of bicyclists involved in non-fatal crashes generally increased, from 280 in 2001 to 329in 2005. Bicyclists Death[7] 2001: 7` 2002: 4 2003: 6 2004: 7 2005: 5



[1] Star Bulletin: “Hawaii DUI Arrest on Rise.” December 20, 2007. http://starbulletin.com/2007/12/20/news/story01.html

[2] Star Bulletin: “Hawaii DUI Arrest on Rise.” December 20, 2007. http://starbulletin.com/2007/12/20/news/story01.html


[3] Star Bulletin: “Hawaii DUI Arrest on Rise.” December 20, 2007. http://starbulletin.com/2007/12/20/news/story01.html


[4] DOT: Hawaii Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2007-2012: http://www.hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/injury-prevention/PDF/safetyplan07.pdf


[5] DOT: Hawaii Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2007-2012: http://www.hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/injury-prevention/PDF/safetyplan07.pdf


[6] Star Bulletin: “Fatal Crossings: December 31, 2006. http://starbulletin.com/2006/12/31/news/story02.html


[7] DOT: Hawaii Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2007-2012: http://www.hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/injury-prevention/PDF/safetyplan07.pdf

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