For the sixth year, Big Island school children from preschool to second grade will each receive a reflective Halloween trick-or-treat bag from the County’s Traffic Division as part of its Halloween safety program. The division distributed 10,000 bags to preschools, charter, public and private school students in October.
Elementary school students will be able to walk in the footsteps of Ronald McDonald and learn how to safely cross streets thanks to collaboration between the Traffic Division of the Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works and McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawai‘i.
Since 2009, the department of Public Work’s Traffic division has continued designating safety zones for pedestrians near schools. A safety zone is defined in section 24-3, chapter 24, in Hawai‘i County Code on Vehicles and Traffic “ as the area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians …protected, marked, or indicated by adequate signs plainly visible at all times.”
Kailua Village Business Improvement District has been working to enhance public spaces including walkability in and around Historic Kailua Village. With the uptick evident in general business growth, there is also a related increase in pedestrians and motorists.
Look carefully — and carry a bright orange flag when crossing Alii Drive in the downtown Kailua-Kona area.