HPD enforces pedestrian safety with plain clothes operation

(Via KHON)

The Honolulu Police Department is urging drivers and pedestrians to stay safe on the road.

HPD released a public service announcement Wednesday to educate the public on how to be safe, saying, “It doesn’t matter who has the right of way in a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The result is always the same.”

They’re also stepping up enforcement.

“Basically what we do is we do a decoy operation and we have a plain clothes officer. When the car is a significant distance away from the crosswalk, the officer will attempt to cross the street and if the car fails to yield to him, the officers further down the road will put that vehicle over and issue him a citation,” said Maj. Calvin Tong with the Honolulu Police Department’s Traffic Division.

By law, if a pedestrian steps off the curb on their side of the roadway, drivers are required to yield.

For pedestrians, you’re only allowed to step into the crosswalk when the white walk man is visible.

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