It’s easy to let your natural defenses down when you’re having fun on a vacation, so here are some key travel safety tips, friendly reminders for keeping your guard up and insuring a fun, safe holiday:
Just like back home, always designate a non-drinking driver whenever alcohol is involved, whether it’s just an afternoon beer or a late night on the town. Hawaii’s laws against driving under the influence are as punitive as those back home, and any infraction will go on your records. Anyone with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more is considered impaired and can be arrested. Learn more about DUI laws.
Drivers should never use their phones and other mobile electronic devices without a hands-free device. Even when you have pulled over to the side of the road, if your engine is running, it is a violation to operate these devices. The current fine is $297 for illegal usage of texting devices, pagers, laptop computers and digital photographic equipment.
Seatbelts are required for all passengers. Children under age 4 must be securely seated in a federally approved child-safety seat. Anyone between the ages of 4 and 7 must ride in either a booster seat or child-safety seat. All others must wear a seat belt, in front and back seats. Hawaii’s Department of Motor Vehicles offers details on applicable laws pertaining to motor vehicles.
Playing it safe at the ocean is one of the most important Hawaii travel safety tips. Swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty, and be sure to pay attention to all posted signs indicating current water conditions. Feel free to ask lifeguards about strong currents, riptides and any other possible shoreline dangers that might not be apparent at first glance, such as sudden drops in the shore’s edge. As the lifeguards say: “If in doubt, don’t go out!”
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As a pedestrian, always use marked crosswalks and cross only on green. Fines are $130 for jaywalking. A dozen deaths and hundreds of avoidable injuries every year have led to a more strict enforcement of this law in recent years. The Honolulu Police Department has further safety tips for both pedestrians and drivers.
Hawaii has some of the most beautiful hiking areas in the world—and some of the most hazardous trails during certain seasons. Basic Hawaii safety tips for hikers include staying on the trail, packing a fully charged cell phone, staying together, monitoring the weather and watching the time. Check out Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources for information.
Nothing ruins a Hawaiian holiday faster than a severe sunburn. When it comes to Hawaii travel safety tips, sun safety should be at the top of the list. Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher for the first few days. Keep to some shade in the midday sun. Keep babies less than six months old out of the sun. If you do get even a mild burn, head immediately to a pharmacy for recommendations on products such as Aveeno powder and aloe gels. Severe blistering will require immediate medical attention.
Here are some good sun safety tips, no matter where you are: