In the space of three days this week, there have been four major motorcycle collisions on Hawaii Island roads, killing two motorcyclists and seriously injuring two motorcycle riders. Additionally, a pedestrian was killed in Kona on Tuesday while crossing the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway.
With road fatalities up more than 58% from the same time last year, the Hawaii Police Department urges all motorists to drive safely and be aware of their surroundings when driving. they travel on our island routes.
In addition to reminding car and truck drivers to ride with aloha and beware of motorcyclists, HPD provides the following motorcycle safety tips.
● Always wear a full face helmet when riding or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, moped or ATV.
Be sure to wear a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. Look for the DOT symbol on the exterior back of the helmet. Snell and ANSI labels on the inside of the helmet also show that the helmet meets the standards of these private non-profit organizations.
● Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing with reflective material that will make you more visible to other vehicle drivers.
● Wear protective gear. Arms and legs should be covered when riding a motorcycle, ideally wearing heavy leather or denim that provides crash protection. Boots or shoes should be high enough to cover your ankles, while gloves provide better grip and help protect your hands in the event of a crash.
● Ride defensively. Remember that driving a car and driving a motorcycle require different skills and react differently to road conditions. Compared to a car, motorcyclists have a narrow profile on the road and can often find themselves in a vehicle’s blind spot. Vehicle and motorcycle riders should be aware of each other on the road and check before changing lanes, making turns or pulling into traffic.
● Drive sober. Motorcyclists and motorists are reminded to drive sober or get pulled over. If you consume an intoxicant, do not drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous.
So far this year, 19 people have been killed on our island’s roads, a 58.3% increase from the 12 killed this time last year. Of the 19 fatalities, 21% were motorcycle-related with four motorcyclist fatalities.
The Hawaii Island Police want everyone to arrive alive at their destination this weekend and throughout the year.