Facts about “Jaywalking”
Did you know that there are people who think that it is okay to jaywalk?
Some people feel that it is inconvenient to use a marked crosswalk or to walk to the corner to cross the street. Some are in a rush and think that they can get across the street before the approaching vehicle reaches them. They assume that once they’re on the roadway the driver of a vehicle can see them crossing. Others assume that jaywalking is allowed because they see other people doing it all the time. But it isn’t.
Jaywalking is against the law
Jaywalking is against the law and is punishable by a fine of $130 for pedestrians who don’t obey the law in the state of Hawaii.
What is Jaywalking?
Jaywalking is crossing the street outside of a crosswalk or away from a street corner.
Jaywalking is dangerous and deadly
Each year more than a dozen pedestrians are killed and hundreds more are injured while crossing Oahu streets. To avoid becoming a statistic, the HPD urges pedestrians to use crosswalks, obey crossing signals, and watch out for drivers who are distracted or who disregard traffic signals.
Inattention on the part of drivers and pedestrians can lead to deadly collisions that forever change the lives of everyone involved. Stay alert, stay alive.
Additional pedestrian violations
Pedestrian Entering Roadway on Red Signal (Pedestrian Obedience to “Don’t Walk” Sign) = $130.00 fine.
291C-141: Effects of regulation
291C-142: Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles
291C-143: Riding on bicycles
291C-144: Clinging to vehicles
291C-145: Riding on roadways and bikeways
291C-146: Carrying articles
291C-150: Bicycle Helmets
- Wear clothes that make you more visible.
- Be cautious when riding a bike at night. Make sure you have the proper lights on your bicycle. Wear reflective materials or clothing.
- Wear a helmet. Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce injuries by up to 80%.
- Loose items should be secured to a properly installed carrier or carried in a backpack.
- Protect against bike theft. Most bikes stolen are not locked.
- Obey traffic signs, signals and road markings.
- Be familiar with the laws pertaining to bicycles.