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DOT launches Beat the School Jam campaign

Dan Meisenzahl Dan Meisenzahl

By Ramsay Wharton – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's that time of year! Fall session resumed Monday for U.H. Manoa, community colleges and several more private schools.

The estimated 43-thousand more people on Oahu roadways means that you need even more patience.

Come the end of August, yet another 10-thousand more students will have hit the road.

So what's a driver to do?

"The best thing you can do is adjust your travel times, make sure you leave earlier, avoid peak times if we can. Make sure your car is in working condition. Make sure you have gasoline. And be patient out there" said Dan Meisenzahl, spokesperson for the State Department of Transportation.

To help you adjust the State has stopped all major daytime roadwork this week from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. it will also allow two or more people in the HOV zipper lane and Nimitz contra flow lanes.

The Lunalilo on-ramp opens earlier at 8 a.m.

"Crosswalks are going to be filled, roads are going to be filled. You know if you're running late and your in a rush, that's sometimes when people make bad decisions. If they're phone rings, if their kid is crying in the back seat. We want people to be careful and just to drive with aloha" said Meisenzahl.

Helpful traffic information:

  • Freeway Service Patrol: 841-HELP (4357)
  • The State's traffic information website...www.GoAkamai.org 
  • The State's rideshare and carpool program:
  • Leeward Oahu: 677- RIDE
  • Elsewhere: 692-7695

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