Moped Fatalities on the rise in Hawaii

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Moped Fatalities on the rise in Hawaii

Postby Micronaut » Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:01 pm

Eight moped deaths, however, accounted for the biggest spike this year. There was only one fatal from a moped in 2004 and none in 2003. None of the Neighbor Islands reported a moped fatality the past two years. ... /1001/NEWS
Sgt. Dexter Veriato, administrator of Big Island police Traffic Services, Sgt. Barry Aoki of the Maui Police Department and Lt. Mark Scribner of Kaua'i's police Traffic Safety Bureau said their respective departments have increased speed enforcement and DUI checkpoints.

"We've always had a lot of December crashes so we've increased our enforcement period (through Jan. 6) and urge people rushing around to slow down," Veriato said.

Aoki's advice for Maui motorists is "drive defensively, use seat belts and watch for pedestrians."

For Kaua'i, Scribner said, "We've had a lot of speeding and a lot of those doing it are younger than 30. We have a lot of straightaways and sudden turns, so they need to slow down."

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