Police to focus on school zones

LIHUE – As students head back to school, Kauai police will be stepping up traffic enforcement at school zones islandwide.

“We want our students to have a safe and successful school year, and that starts with getting our children to and from school safely,” states Assistant Chief of the Patrol Service Bureau Roy Asher. “To help in this effort, we are notifying the public that officers will be enforcing Hawaii’s safe driving laws, particularly around our schools.”

KPD reminds motorists of the following state traffic laws:

• HRS291-11.5 and 11.6: All motor vehicle operators and passengers must wear a seatbelt, or face a fine of up to $100.

• HRS291c-104: Speeding in a school or construction zone is prohibited. Speed limits in these areas are enforced 24/7, not just during school or construction hours. Violators could pay up to $422 in fines.

• HRS291c-137a,c: No person shall operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device, and no person under 18 years of age shall operate a motor vehicle while using a hands-free mobile electronic device, except for the sole purpose of making a “911” emergency call.

“All motorists and pedestrians have a responsibility to exercise safe practices while on the road, to help keep each other and our keiki safe,” Asher said.

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