In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Par Hawaii aims to raise awareness about safe driving

Creating good habits for both young drivers and parents

Sponsored by Par Hawaii

No one wants to lose a family member or a friend from a car crash. That’s why Par Hawaii, DTRIC Insurance and the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Driver and Traffic Safety Education Program are partnering to help ensure Hawaii’s teens and parents all arrive to their destinations safely.

“Over the past decade, there have been nearly a hundred or more traffic fatalities each year across Hawaii. Even one death is too many because traffic fatalities are preventable,” says Jan Meeker-Sevilla, a resource teacher with the Department of Education.

Par Hawaii and DTRIC Insurance are partnering with the Department of Education to support programs leading up to National Distracted Driving that raise awareness about the importance of safe driving for young drivers and for parents. Even seasoned drivers may have adopted habits over the years that are not conducive to safety. Another big focus in the partnership? Pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Coming up on February 10-14 is the “Stop If You Love Me” safety campaign, and 56 schools throughout the state will be participating in this campaign. Students from the fourth grade to high school seniors have developed different campaigns and peer activities to raise awareness about the need to reduce risky driving and passenger behaviors. Besides distracted driving, the students will address road rage, speeding, racing, pedestrian and other issues that impact safety.

Another event, the annual Operation Driver Excellence fair, will be held on March 28 at Aloha Stadium. The fair will include more than 30 different exhibits and learning stations that will provide valuable information about traveling safely on our highways. The Department of Education’s driver education instructors will put both students and parents through some of the toughest real-world driving courses to see for themselves how they fare behind-the-wheel.

“Students and parents will also be able to experience what happens when they drive sleep deprived and see the latest safety features on today’s vehicles,” Meeker-Sevilla says.

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