In an effort to promote safe driving during the holiday season, officers from the Hawaiʻi Police Department Pāhoa station and students from Keaʻau Middle School are holding sign-waving events throughout the month of December. Students held their first sign waving event in Kea‘au on Friday, December 18, 2020, after learning about safe driving habits from their school resource officers.
“I think it was a good event to help build a bond with our youth and the community,” said Officer Dustin Sampaga, school resource officer for Keaau Middle School.
“It was great to see the positive support from not only the students and staff, but also from members of the community who would honk in support.”
The two groups will team up again to conduct sign waving on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. along Highway 130 across from the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society and again on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., fronting Pahoa police station.
The Hawaiʻi Police Department reminds drivers to always engage in safe driving habits by wearing your seat belt, avoiding distractions on electronic devices, driving sober, and not driving faster than the speed limit.