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News Release

November 16, 2010

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SIGN WAVE FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY

More than 75 Roosevelt High School students took to the streets this morning to remind drivers to slow down in front of the school. Roosevelt is located on a busy street for morning rush hour traffic, with cars speeding down the incline on Nehoa Street and creating dangerous hazards for students walking to school.

The event was part of the Farmers Insurance Hawaii Hot Spots traffic safety program. Farmers Insurance Hawaii employees and Honolulu Police Department District 1 Community Policing officers joined the students to raise awareness that drivers need to watch for students crossing the streets on the way to school.

According to Michele Saito, President of Farmers Insurance Hawaii, paying attention during the morning rush hour is especially important in the area. "The combination of commuters trying to get to work, and students trying to get to school, calls for extra caution in front of the school," Saito said. She added that the speed limit in front of a school zone is 25 miles per hour.

Kari Chung, Parent Community Networking Center coordinator for Roosevelt, noted that this morning's Hot Spots event helped to send a strong reminder to drivers that they need to pay attention to their surroundings and to students crossing streets near schools.

"We are constantly mindful of the need to remind drivers and students to pay attention, and we sincerely appreciate Farmers Insurance Hawaii taking the initiative to hold a Hot Spots awareness event with our school," Chung said.

The Hot Spots Traffic Safety Program was created in 2002 in response to the growing public safety concerns caused by speeders. Schools or concerned community members interested in holding a Hot Spots event in their neighborhood should contact the Farmers Insurance Community Relations Department at 543-0411.

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