More drivers will have more toys to play with in the week after Christmas, meaning more vehicles will be steered by drivers with one eye on the road and one on the text message they’re sending or receiving. (You see it nearly every time you’re out and about.)
Oahu has not recorded a pedestrian death this month, a goal we optimistically held out there after several such deaths in October and November.
One person died early in December after being struck by a vehicle while on private property, so that death won’t be added to the official pedestrian statistics. Cyclist Zachary Manago was killed by a hit-and-run driver near Wahiawa, and a Mililani man has been arrested after Manago's friends located a vehicle thought to be involved.
As Ryan Tishken’s letter to the editor in the Star-Advertiser noted on Christmas Eve:
In this most dangerous week of the year, we all must assume that responsibility.