May 11, 2010
FARMERS HOT SPOTS HIGHLIGHTS DANGEROUS TRAFFIC ZONE FOR STUDENTS
Waiakea School Students Remind Drivers to Slow Down
The speed limit in front of Hilo Union Elementary School is 25 miles hour. Drivers need to pay attention and slow down for students being dropped off and crossing streets to get to school every morning. That's the message the school community delivered to motorists this morning.
Armed with handmade signs and banners, more than 200 Hilo Union Elementary students, teachers and parents joined with Farmers Insurance Hawaii staff members today to remind drivers to slow down along this main thoroughfare.
The sign-waving event was part of the Farmers Insurance Hawaii Hot Spots traffic safety program, now in its eighth year. Farmers also held a Hot Spots sign waving event at Waiakea Middle School in March. Joining Farmers Insurance Hawaii and the Hilo Union community was the East Hawaii Community Policing Team to encourage safe driving habits along this busy traffic corridor.
"Traffic safety is a community effort, and we are pleased to join with Hilo Union and law enforcement to remind drivers to watch out for our keiki," said Michele Saito, President of Farmers Insurance Hawaii. "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 across the state. Schools or concerned community members interested in holding a Hot Spots event in their neighborhood should contact the Farmers Insurance Community Relations Department on Oahu at 808-543-0411.