HPD, Farmers Insurance Hawaii team up to 'Save Our Streets'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Farmers Insurance Hawaii employees joined the Honolulu Police Department and the downtown community at the second annual "Project Save Our Streets" event this morning at the corner of King and Bishop Streets in downtown Honolulu.

HPD introduced "Project Save Our Streets" last year to address a record number of pedestrian and traffic collisions in our community in 2010.

More than 200 volunteers from downtown businesses, neighborhood watch and community groups participated in the sign waving event with HPD officers to remind drivers to follow speed limits, watch for pedestrians, and avoid driving distractions.

Michele Saito, president of Farmers Insurance Hawaii Operations, noted that educational efforts such as "Project Save Our Streets" and Farmers Hawaii's own Hot Spots traffic safety program have helped to reduce traffic deaths in 2011 after increases in 2010 over previous years.

Traffic fatalities on Oahu dropped 18 percent in 2011 compared with 2010, according to statistics compiled by HPD at year-end. Of the total of 52 traffic fatalities in 2011, 33 were motor vehicle, motorcycle, or moped related, while 17 were pedestrian accidents.

Schools or concerned community members interested in holding a Hot Spots event in their neighborhood should contact Farmers Insurance Hawaii at 808-544-3988.

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