Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, DTRIC Insurance and Par Hawaii Join Forces to Train Young Drivers
HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) driver and traffic safety education program, in collaboration with DTRIC Insurance and Par Hawaii, will be holding the HIDOE Traffic Safety Fair at the Aloha Stadium lower parking lot on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
The event will be dedicated to the memory of McKinley High School student Sara Yara who was fatally struck Feb. 15 by a hit-and-run driver while in a crosswalk on her way to school.
“Even one fatality or one injury is too many,” said Jan Meeker-Sevilla, HIDOE driver and traffic safety education program resource teacher. “We want to empower drivers and prospective drivers of all ages with information on practical actions they can take to prevent injuries and fatalities. Whether they are a new driver or someone who has been driving for years, there is always something new to learn.”
The Traffic Safety Fair will consist of 20 different experiences including a dozen exhibitors and eight learning stations that will enable people to experience what it is like to see with a brain concussion, sleep deprivation, or impairment from alcohol or cannabis. High school drivers with an instructional permit or provisional driver’s licenses accompanied by a parent will be able to participate in “Operation Driver Excellence,” consisting of four obstacle courses that will put their safe driving skills to the test.
There will be exhibits from DTRIC Insurance, Par Hawaii, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD), MADD Hawaii, Sports Car Clubs of America, Hawaii Bicycling League, Legacy of Life, Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children and Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition, The Queen’s Medical Center, U-Haul, TyREDD, and others.
Yara’s mother, Chevy Saniatan, will briefly share about her daughter and stress the importance of safe driving to high school student drivers and their parents at the event at 8:45 a.m. Other guest speakers at the HIDOE Traffic Safety Fair include:
- 9:20 a.m.: HPD Sgt. Nathan O’Sullivan, Honolulu Traffic Division, will speak on traffic safety practices for teen drivers and parents.
- 10:10 a.m: Kerrie Warne, founder of TyREDD (Tyler Raising Education for Drowsy Driving), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the dangers of sleep deprivation and driving while tired to those of all ages. Warne lost her son Tyler as a result of a drowsy driving accident.
- 11 a.m.: Theresa Paulette, victim services specialist with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Hawaii, will share about the loss of her 15-year-old son who was riding his moped four blocks from home in Kaneohe to a driver with multiple DUI arrests.
- 12 p.m.: Jim Warneck, senior claims examiner at DTRIC Insurance and Candace Montgomery, a retired HPD detective and now a HIDOE driver education instructor, will detail steps to take if you are in a collision.
For more information about the DOE Traffic Safety Fair, visit www.dtric.com/operation-driver-excellence/.
About the Hawaii State Department of Education
The Hawai‘i State Department of Education is the state’s largest producer of talent, with 10,000 graduates per year, and the largest state agency, with more than 40,000 employees. Hawai‘i’s public school system comprises 258 unique schools on seven islands serving 160,000 students, their families and the community. Learn more at hawaiipublicschools.org.
About DTRIC Insurance Company, Limited
Established in 1992, DTRIC Insurance Company, Limited, offers personal lines of insurance including auto, homeowners, renters, and umbrella policies. It also provides a wide range of commercial lines of insurance, including general liability, property, and workers’ compensation. DTRIC is a member of MS&AD Insurance Group, Japan’s largest insurance holding company and the fifth largest property and casualty insurance group in the world. Learn more at www.dtric.com.
About Par Hawaii
Par Hawaii, the state’s leading provider of petroleum products and transportation fuels, is headquartered in Honolulu and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Houston, Texas-based Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. Par Hawaii owns the state’s only operating petroleum refinery with a production capacity of 148,000 barrels per day of product in Kapolei, Oahu, distributes fuels via pipelines on Oahu and barges to all major harbors in the state, markets fuels through a network of 76 and Hele retail stations throughout Hawaii, and operates the nomnom convenience stores. Visit www.ParHawaii.com.
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