Safety must be part of highway cleanup program

I applaud those organizations/companies that adopt a highway to keep our state and county clean. However, as an advocate for safety in all fields, including roadways and highways, I see too many organizations/companies trying to do well by taking on a highway and having volunteers clean them up.

My concern here is the lack of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards by both the state and the organizations/companies. Either the Hawaii Department of Transportation is not complying with the national “Adopt A Highway” program or the organizations/companies themselves are not complying.

Under the HDOT program, it clearly states that it will “provide high visibility safety vest, trash bags, gloves and information.” Now, under the safety tips on “What Should We Wear,” it says to wear a Adopt-A-Highway T-shirt or safety vest. Unless the T-shirt meets the ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 or better class 2, it does not meet MUTCD. Therefore, it would be wise of both the HDOT and the organizations/companies to provide volunteers the high-visibility safety apparel that has two-tone color of fluorescent orange/lime green for best visibility with 2-inch retroreflective stripes.

It’s one thing to keep Hawaii clean but don’t forget to do it safely.

Please read the HDOT Adopt A Highway Program Important Information section. Thank you to those organ-izations/companies for keeping Hawaii clean.

SeaRay Beltran