Target: Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha
Goal: Commend Honolulu Police department for enforcing pedestrian and traffic laws
Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital city, is ranked as the worst city in the nation for pedestrian deaths involving the elderly, and is the thirteenth worst for all age groups. Already, out of the thirty-nine traffic fatalities on the island of Oahu during the year, fifteen of them were pedestrians. Normally, there are approximately seventeen pedestrian fatalities within one year. However, with five months to go until the end of the year, it is projected that there will be over twenty fatalities. Due to these high numbers, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) plans to more strictly enforce pedestrian and traffic laws.
In a recent press conference, HPD Chief Louis Kealoha announced plans to better enforce these laws, and also stressed that pedestrians and drivers need to take their safety more seriously and be proactive in preventing accidents.
Other reasons for the crackdown were attributed to the odd nature of a few of the accidents. In one case, an elderly woman was hit by a garbage truck, and in another, a man was hit by a Waikiki trolley.
In addition to ensuring that both pedestrians and drivers are issued tickets when in the wrong, Kealoha urged people to take responsibility for their actions. Pedestrians can lower their chances of injury by only using marked crosswalks and paying attention to traffic when crossing the street. Kealoha commented, “although a pedestrian might have the right of way in a crosswalk, you don’t want to be right and dead.” Drivers can also prevent accidents by remaining alert and keeping both hands on the wheel.
By holding this press conference and cracking down on those who violate traffic laws, the HPD has shown a commitment to the safety of the people and to lowering the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. By signing the petition below, you will commend them on their dedication.
Dear Chief Louis Kealoha,
For many years, Honolulu has struggled to lower high numbers of pedestrian fatalities. By holding a press conference to address this serious issue and by cracking down on both pedestrians and drivers, the HPD has shown that it truly cares about the people of Oahu, and that it values their safety.
Furthermore, the HPD, through emphasizing that people need to take responsibility for their actions, has shown that it is willing to work with the public to implement better safety practices. We would like to commend you on addressing this serious issue, and urging the public to do the same.
[Your Name Here]
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