Operation Driver Excellence

Sponsored by DTRIC Insurance and Par Hawaii, the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Operation Driver Excellence & Traffic Safety Fair is a unique event aimed at preparing Hawaii’s teens to become safe and responsible drivers. Teen drivers and their parent driving partners will test their skills and knowledge with real-world, hands-on-the-wheel driving challenges. Two courses will simulate real-world experiences in a safe and controlled environment. In addition, the Traffic Safety Fair will feature interactive learning stations that will illustrate how impairment can severely impact a driver’s abilities, judgment, and reaction times and highlight other important traffic safety lessons. This year’s event is dedicated to Sara Yara, who lost her life to a driver who hit her while she was in a crosswalk on her way to school.

Saturday, March 25, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Aloha Stadium, Lower Parking Lot

8:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Presentation by Chevy Saniatan, mother of Sara Yara

9:00 a.m.
Red Group – Driving Courses
Yellow & Green Groups – Traffic Safety Fair Learning Stations and Speakers

9:20 a.m.
Honolulu Police Department Traffic Division, Officer Nathan O’Sullivan
“Traffic Practices for Teen Drivers and Parents and How to Interact with an Officer for a Citation”

10:10 a.m.
TyREDD, Mrs. Kerrie Warne, “My Story” and Matthew Uhles, “Sleep Deprivation and Teens”

10:15 a.m.
Yellow Group – Driving Courses
Green & Red Groups – Traffic Fair Learning Stations and Speaker

11:00 a.m.
Theresa Paulette, MADD Hawaii Victim Impact Specialist
“Brian’s Story”

11:30 a.m.
Green Group – Driving Courses
Red & Yellow Groups – Traffic Fair Learning Stations and Speaker

12:00 p.m.
Jim Warneck, DTRIC Insurance Senior Claims Examiner
Retired HPD Detective and Current DOE Driver Education Instructor Candace Montgomery
“What to Do in Case of a Collision”

1:00 p.m.
Event Ends

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