Thursday, November 15, 2007
Pedestrian Safety Funds Still Not Released
Today, an 85-year-old man was struck in a crosswalk while crossing Kalanianaole Highway in East Honolulu. At this hour, he remains in critical condition. The tragic accident serves as a reminder that there was much controversy earlier this year involving SB1191, Relating to Pedestrian Safety. The legislature passed the bill which appropriated $3 million over two years for pedestrian safety improvements, but because the funds are to be taken from the State Highway Fund, Governor Lingle vetoed the bill. The legislature came back in special session this past summer to override a number of bills, including this one. As of this date, the funds have yet to be released. Why?