February 6, 2013
FARMERS INSURANCE HAWAII AND WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOINED IN A HOT SPOTS TRAFFIC SAFETY EVENT
Responding to a request from Wilson Elementary School to help improve traffic safety, Farmers Hawaii employees, Honolulu Police Department's District 7 Community Policing Unit along with students and teachers, held a sign waving event in front of the school to remind drivers to slow down and watch for students crossing the streets. Also joining the rally were the school's twenty-three Junior Police Officers (JPO's).
Wilson Elementary School is located at the intersection of Kilauea Avenue and Hunakai Street, at the foot of the Waialae Nui Valley. Drivers often speed downhill on Kilauea Avenue, making a right turn into Hunakai Street to get onto H-I at Waialae Avenue. Parking is allowed at all hours along Kilauea Avenue and Hunakai Street, which limits drivers' sight of students crossing the streets. In the last ten years, there have been three accidents around the intersection of Kilauea Avenue and Hunakai Street.
"The Wilson Elementary student council president asked the school for a Farmers Hot Spots event, and we were excited to get the call," said Wenli Lin, director of marketing of Farmers Insurance Hawaii. "This morning we joined the JPO's who were in front of the school, managing traffic flow and helping fellow students to cross the street safely. It's great to see students taking on the traffic safety responsibility," said Wenli Lin. "We also want to remind drivers that it is their responsibility to obey the 25 miles per hour speed limit in the school zone," Lin added. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $322.
Farmers Hawaii also held a poster contest for students who participated in today's sign waving event who created their own posters with traffic safety messages.
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 75th 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.