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Tribes to Share Traffic Safety Success Stories at Summit
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Oct, 21, 2011

CONTACT: June Hansen, 605.773.3540

 

     Tribes to Share Traffic Safety Success Stories at Summit

FLANDREAU, S.D. – South Dakota Indian tribes will share traffic-safety success stories during the 2nd Annual Tribal Transportation Safety Summit on Oct. 26-27 in Flandreau.

 

The opening session of the two-day summit offers each of South Dakota’s nine tribes a chance to share a transportation safety best-practice or success story. That could be a law enforcement effort, a highway safety program or some social program that is improving transportation safety on that reservation.

 

The summit also will focus on traffic-safety programs, resources and assistance available to tribes from various state, federal and nonprofit agencies and groups. One goal of the summit is to address specific tribal transportation safety issues and gain a better understanding of the needs of each South Dakota tribe.

 

At the first Tribal Transportation Safety Summit in Lower Brule last year, participants discussed ways to obtain more consistent crash data from reservations and identified pressing roadway safety issues in Indian Country.

 

“Last year’s summit was an important first step toward improving safety of all highways in our state,’’ said South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist. “I know tribal leaders are extremely concerned about traffic fatalities and highway safety. It takes all of us working together to make a difference, and I look forward to continuing our dialogue.’’

 

The summit runs from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 27. Further information is available from the South Dakota Department of Transportation website http://www.sddot.com/pe/projdev/traffic.asp

 

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