In response to "Pedestrians and runners should use streets safely" from the Dec. 8-14 issue: The minor fender-bender on South Kihei Road was not caused by the pedestrians, but by the women in the SUV failing to stop when the truck in front of her stopped for the pedestrians in the crosswalk. She was traveling too fast (the posted speed is 20 mph) and obviously too close to the car in front of her.
I think that all drivers in Maui should read the Department of Transportation Public Affairs article regarding Section 291C-72(a) Hawai'i Revised Statutes that was amended by 2005 legislature and now states: "The driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger." The fine is $97 for violating this law.
Pedestrians on roadways is covered, too, and states: "Where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians walking along and upon any roadway, when practical, walk only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic from the opposite direction."
Pedestrians walking at night or early morning should always wear something white and use caution while crossing the street and drivers should observe the 20 mph speed limit on South Kihei Road, especially at night when people could be trying to cross the street.
Remember, pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk and don't forget to stop when you see them. In these tough economic times, we can use all the tourists we can get to visit Maui, so let's not run them down.
Cathie North Kihei