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Highway Patrol Says Safe Driving A Must During Fourth of July Holiday





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 2, 2020

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648

 

Highway Patrol Says Safe Driving A Must During Fourth of July Holiday

 

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has a simple message for this Fourth of July: Stay safe.

 

“Being a safe driver is everyone’s responsibility,” Colonel Rick Miller of the Highway Patrol said. “Our troopers will be out this weekend reminding drivers to slow down, pay attention, don’t drink and drive and to wear their seatbelt.”

 

The Highway Patrol also reminds drivers to be aware of the new no texting bill, Senate Bill 1169, that became law July 1. The bill can be found here: https://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=HB1169P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=1169.

 

 

Last year there was one fatality during the July 4th reporting period; a passenger in a motor vehicle who was not wearing a seatbelt. Eleven highway deaths were reported over the July 4th period in 1967, the state’s worst year on record. 

 

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

 

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