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News Release

June 27, 2013

CONCERN OVER VEHICLES BLOCKING BUSY INTERSECTION PROMPTS FARMERS HAWAII TRAFFIC SAFETY AWARENESS EVENT

HONOLULU - Farmers Insurance Hawaii employees were joined by officers from the Honolulu Police Department Community Policing District 1 and community groups at the intersection of Piikoi Street and Lunalilo Street today, to remind drivers to not block the intersection.

More than 40 people participated in the traffic safety event. The Honolulu Police Department identified Piikoi and Lunalilo Streets as having a problem with vehicles blocking the intersection as drivers are preparing to enter the H-1 on-ramp. The blocked intersection disrupts regular traffic flow and creates congestion in the area for several blocks down Piikoi as well as surrounding cross-streets.

According to Melanie Joseph, Farmers Insurance Hawaii marketing manager, this intersection is a heavy traffic zone during the afternoon rush hour with drivers rushing to get through the traffic light whose vehicles often end up blocking the intersection and disrupting regular traffic flow thus adding more congestion.

"We encourage drivers to be courteous and drive with Aloha near Piikoi and Lunalilo Streets by not blocking the intersection in order to maintain smooth traffic flow and reduce chances for road rage," Joseph said. "Partnering with HPD and community groups, we want to remind people of the importance of being aware of your surroundings on busy city streets and obeying speed limits and other traffic laws to help keep our streets safer for everyone."

She added that the fine for blocking an intersection is $97.

The Farmers Hawaii Hot Spots Traffic Safety program encourages safe driving practices and promotes community awareness of traffic issues. The Hot Spots program was created in 2002 in response to traffic accidents caused by dangerous driving habits and speeding in school zones. Today's event is the 78th Hot Spots Traffic Safety event. Schools or concerned community members interested in holding a Hot Spots event in their neighborhood should contact Farmers Insurance Hawaii at 808-544-3988.

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