Motorists advised to watch for roadside survey teams 12-13-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT DEXTER W. VERIATO
PHONE: 961-2305
DECEMBER 13, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

Police are advising motorists to be on the lookout for survey teams standing along major streets and highways from now through February 2005.

The teams will be taking part in the state’s annual seat belt survey. Sponsored by the State Transportation Department, the survey will be conducted by the University of Hawaii’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

The survey involves stationing two observation team members to monitor the use of seat belt use at various sites around the island.

During the observation, team members will park and stand on the side of the road to ensure continual traffic flow and safety. They have been instructed to wear safety vests and helmets and to exercise caution.

In conjunction with the survey, police are reminding motorists to buckle up before driving.

In the most recent past survey, the Big Island ranked second in the state in seat belt use. During the survey, conducted in May and June 2004, the Big Island’s seat belt usage rate was measured at 96.05 percent, second only to that of Maui County, which had 97.2 percent.

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