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News Release

August 25, 2010

HONOWAI ELEMENTARY MAKES TRAFFIC SAFETY A YEAR-LONG EVENT
Students Follow Safety Presentation to Mayor with Hot Spots Sign Waving

Last school year, the Honowai Elementary Robotics Club developed a plan to improve safety for students crossing the busy street in front of the school and were invited to present their findings to the Mayor's office. With school back in session, Honowai students this morning again took to the streets, this time to remind drivers to slow down in this busy pedestrian area in Waipahu.

The sign waving event was part of the Farmers Insurance Hawaii Hot Spots traffic safety program. More than 50 students, teacher, and community members joined with Farmers Hawaii employees and Honolulu Police Department Community Policing officers to raise awareness that the speed limit is 25 miles per hour along the street in front of the school.

Honowai Elementary School is located along a major thoroughfare heavily used during the morning rush hour and is a primary street that students cross to get to school every morning, creating a dangerous pedestrian and speeding zone. The students hope to eventually have speed bumps and safety striping in front of the school.

"Honowai Elementary students have taken the initiative to make our streets safer, and we are pleased to join with the Waipahu community and HPD's Community Policing Team to remind drivers to watch out for our keiki," said Michele Saito, President of Farmers Insurance Hawaii. "Traffic safety is a year-round issue and we want to remind drivers that they need to pay attention to their surroundings and to students crossing streets near schools."

The Hot Spots Traffic Safety Program was created in 2002 in response to the growing public safety concerns caused by speeders. To date, more than 50 Hot Spots have been identified statewide. 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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