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Proclamation, Crashed Vehicles Reminders To Be Safe Drivers





 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 16, 2018

Contact: Tony Mangan, Department of Public Safety, 605-773-6196

 

Proclamation, Crashed Vehicles

Reminders To Be Safe Drivers

 

PIERRE, S.D. – A Governor’s Proclamation and crashed vehicles staged at two major South Dakota shopping malls are part of the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety’s latest effort to encourage motorists of all ages to be safe drivers.

 

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared Friday, April 20, as Safe Driving Day in South Dakota. The proclamation encourages drivers to be safe by slowing down, not becoming distracted and wearing seatbelts. This is the second consecutive year that the Governor has issued such a proclamation.

 

“We thank the Governor for sharing his concern and support,” says Lee Axdahl, director of the Office of Highway Safety. “ This is another way to stress to people, regardless of age, that it only takes one mistake to end a life or create a lifetime of pain and sorrow for someone’s family and loved ones.”

 

At the same time, vehicles that have been damaged in crashes are now inside the Rapid City Rushmore Mall and the Sioux Empire Mall in Sioux Falls. The displays are designed to be a visual reminder of what can happen in a heartbeat if the driver is distracted and not being safe.

 

“The displays will be seen by tens of thousands of people,” says Axdahl. “It is a visual way to show drivers, especially young drivers, what can happen in a crash.”

 

For the third consecutive year, the Office of Highway Safety and the South Dakota Broadcasters Association are hosting “Lesson Learned SD,” a program focused on youth driving safety.  Teens, ages 14-19, can go to the website at http://www.lessonlearnedsd.com/student/ and take a safe driving quiz. The participants are then entered into a drawing for a $10,000 prize. The winning student also gets another $10,000 to give to school organizations of their choice.  Deadline to enter is April 30. 

 

“Each year, more and more students are participating in this program,” Axdahl says. “We thank the Broadcasters Association in helping us this unique way to again promote the safe driving message to young and inexperienced drivers.”

 

The Office of Highway Safety is part of the Department of Public Safety.

 

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