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News Release

Thursday, August 11, 2011

MANOA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPEARHEADS NEW SCHOOL YEAR SAFETY RALLY

Concerned about drivers speeding past the school in the morning and not paying attention to students crossing busy streets, Manoa Elementary School students and teachers raised awareness about the traffic safety issues with a sign-waving event. This morning's event reminded drivers to slow down and watch out for students returning to school.

More than 50 students and teachers were joined by the Manoa Neighborhood Watch community and Farmers Insurance Hawaii employees to alert morning commuters to the traffic dangers near the school. The event was part of the Farmers Hawaii Hot Spots Traffic Safety Program.

According to Wenli Lin, Vice President of Farmers Insurance Hawaii, drivers need to be mindful of keiki walking to school, especially now that the new school year is in full swing.

"The five-way intersection leading to Manoa Elementary School is a dangerous traffic corridor that students cross every morning with drivers distracted by other motorists and congestion during the morning rush hour," Lin said.

"In addition, drivers need to remember that the speed limit in front of school zones is 25 miles per hour, and the fine for speeding in a school zone is $297," Lin added.

Following the morning sign waving event, students tested their knowledge of traffic safety laws and rules by participating in Adventures in Traffic Safety, an online program of activities developed by Farmers Hawaii.

Farmers Insurance Hot Spots program was started in 2002 to respond to increased accidents and fatalities due to speeding, and over the years has expanded to include pedestrian safety, especially for senior citizens in our community.

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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