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Farmers Insurance Hawaii And Kuhio Elementary Raised Awareness For Pedestrian Safety With Tricks And Treats

Carrying signs and wearing Halloween costumes, an enthusiastic team of Farmers Insurance Hawaii employees, Kuhio Elementary students and teachers, community members, and the Honolulu Police Department's District 7 Community Policing Unit joined together for a Halloween themed Hot Spots Traffic Safety event this morning at Kuhio Elementary School to remind drivers to slow down and watch out for pedestrians crossing streets. Pedestrians were also reminded to use crosswalks and always look both ways for vehicles before crossing the street.

Today's fun-filled Halloween themed event sent a serious message reminding drivers to be extra cautious and watch out for trick-or-treaters this evening. To help promote safe street crossing, volunteers handed out tricks or treats to pedestrians and drivers. Pedestrians were rewarded with treats for proper street crossing and drivers for yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. "Tricks" in the form of warnings and pedestrian safety materials were issued by HPD for those not following pedestrian and driving laws.

Kuhio Elementary School is located on South King Street, a busy traffic thoroughfare with drivers heading into town or accessing the H-1 freeway. The school is also surrounded by neighborhoods with many young children who are expected to be out and about this Halloween evening, including many of the Kuhio Elementary School students.

According to Melanie Joseph, Marketing Manager for Farmers Insurance Hawaii, drivers need to be aware of speed limits and pedestrians in this area. "We urge drivers to slow down and be extra cautious around crosswalks, especially this evening when trick-or-treaters are out and about. It is more difficult to see be seen at night, so pedestrians are encouraged to wear light or reflective clothing and reflective lights to be more visible. We want to encourage the community to help keep our streets safe and fun this Halloween evening," said Joseph.

The fines for not yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk or jaywalking are $130 for each separate offense on Oahu.

Today's event is the 80th Farmers Hawaii Hot Spots Traffic Safety event held statewide over the past 11 years to raise awareness for pedestrian and traffic safety. The Farmers Hawaii Hot Spots program was started in 2002 in response to increased accidents and fatalities due to speeding. Schools or concerned community members interested in holding a Hot Spots event in their neighborhood should contact Farmers Hawaii at 808-544-3988.

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About Farmers Insurance Hawaii

Farmers Insurance Hawaii Family of Companies is a member company of Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®. Farmers Insurance Hawaii planted its roots in Hawaii in 1955 when Hawaii Insurance Consultants was founded to provide affordable insurance for Hawaii's union and plantation workers. Today, the Farmers Insurance Hawaii Family of Companies is a full-service personal lines insurance company. The company has 200 employees statewide and offices on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. For more information, please visit the company's website at <>

About Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders. Farmers Group, Inc., along with its subsidiaries, manages the non-claims insurance operations of the Farmers Exchanges. Farmers Group, Inc. is wholly owned by the Zurich Insurance Group. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at <> or at <>

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