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2017 Preliminary Traffic Fatality Numbers Released

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The Hawai`i Department of Transportation report it’s official statistics on Monday that 106 people died on Hawai`i roads in 2017.

Preliminary traffic fatality data shows a total of 106 traffic-related deaths as a result of 95 crashes in 2017 compared to 120 traffic-related deaths as a result of 106 crashes in 2016.

“Although we are grateful to the public for helping to reduce the overall number of traffic fatalities from 120 in 2016 to 106 in 2017, we are still asking everyone to maintain an increased awareness of the avoidable activities that can contribute to motor vehicle crashes and deaths,” said HDOT Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen. “Taking responsibility by eliminating behaviors such as drunk and drugged driving, speeding, and driving distracted can make a difference in the number of roadway users—your loved ones and friends—that fall victim to motor vehicle crashes.”

HDOT is encouraged by the fact pedestrian fatalities dropped in every county and overall were reduced from 32 in 2016 to 14 in 2017, which is a 56 percent improvement statewide. Oahu, Maui and Kauai all experienced at least 19 percent fewer fatalities in 2017, with the City & County of Honolulu showing a big improvement with 11 fewer overall fatalities in 2017 versus 2016. HDOT’s goal for 2018 is to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths to 80 or fewer towards an ultimate goal of zero deaths on Hawaii roadways.

Drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are encouraged to visit the HDOT Safe Communities page and the Hawai’i Strategic Highway Safety Plan website to learn more about simple measures they can take to ensure their own safety and the safety of their families and friends.

The preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2017 may change based on the outcome of recent motor vehicle crashes. If the fatality numbers do change, HDOT will issue an update to this news release.

Traffic Fatality Data from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Motor Vehicle Occupants Pedestrians Motorcycle, Moped, Scooter Operators Bicyclists ATV

Operators

TOTAL
C&C of Honolulu 20 11 8- m/c

4 – moped

1- scooter

Total – 13

3 1 48
Hawaii County 24 2 5 – m/c

1 – moped*

0 – scooter

Total – 6*

3 0 35
Maui County 10 1 5 – m/c

0 – moped

1 – scooter

Total – 6

0 0 17
Kauai County 6 0 0 – m/c

0 – moped

0 – scooter

Total – 0

0 0 6
TOTAL 60   14 25 * 6 1 106  

*indicates 1 motorized bicycle

Traffic Fatality Data from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016

Motor Vehicle Occupants Pedestrians Motorcycle, Moped, Scooter Operators Bicyclists ATV

Operators

TOTAL
C&C of Honolulu 22 21 9- m/c

7 – moped

0- scooter

Total – 16

0 0 59
Hawaii County 24 5 2 – m/c

1 – moped

0 – scooter

Total – 3

0 0 32
Maui County 13 5 3 – m/c

0 – moped

0 – scooter

Total – 3

0 0 21
Kauai County 5 1 1 – m/c

0 – moped

1 – scooter

Total – 2

0 0 8
TOTAL 64 32 24 0 0 120

 

To be considered a motor vehicle fatality in the state of Hawaii, the fatal crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a traffic way customarily open to the public and must result in a death of at least one person (occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash.

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