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Close Calls in School Zones Prompts HPD Reminder

February 15, 2017, 1:00 PM HST
* Updated February 16, 10:45 AM
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Hawaiʻi Island police are reminding motorists about the dangers of speeding, and disregarding stop signs and red lights while in a school zone.

During morning and afternoon hours, children and school crossing guards have encountered numerous “near misses” in crosswalks fronting elementary schools islandwide.

School crossing guards are present at most elementary schools to assist with the safe crossing of children and are trained to temporarily hold traffic until all children have completely crossed the roadway.

Sergeant Robert Pauole of the Traffic Services Section suggests motorists add 10 to 15 minutes to their commute time to allow for safe travel.

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