Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, December 17, 2010
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


Des Moines, IOWA --- Since the first day of December, 11 Iowans tragically lost their lives on Iowa roadways.  This week we’ll add two more green light bulbs to the Tree of Life, and replace a green bulb with a red one.  Each light bulb is a visual representation of those precious lives lost.  Green bulbs represent motor vehicle fatalities.  Red bulbs indicate alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities.  Join DPS staff as we swap out light bulbs, and receive a list of motor vehicle fatalities so far this holiday season.

WHAT:       Exchanging of Light Bulbs on Tree of Life

WHEN:       Friday, December 17, 2010
                   3:00 PM

WHERE:     Department of Public Safety Building
                   215 E. 7th St.
                   Des Moines, Iowa 50319

The Tree of Life will be lit through January 1, 2011 in an effort to remind Iowans to drive safely during the Holidays.  Every Friday, DPS employees will exchange white light bulbs with green and red to mark those lives lost in motor vehicle crashes over the previous week.

To see a copy of the original release when the Tree of Life was lit bright white, visit:


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