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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, December 23, 2010 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

MORE LIGHTS DIM ON THE TREE OF LIFE WHILE DPS PREPS FOR TRAVEL HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Des Moines, IOWA --- Over the last week, two more Iowans tragically lost their lives on Iowa roadways.  Combined with previous deaths, this brings the December motor vehicle total to 13.  As we have in previous week, this Friday we’ll add two more green light bulbs to the Tree of Life as a visual representation of the precious lives lost.

Though the week’s motor vehicle fatality total was relatively low, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is bracing for bad news.  This holiday weekend, traffic will increase. With snow and wind forecasted, the likelihood of additional fatalities is great.  DPS encourages drivers to go slow, drive defensively, and consider all road and weather factors when choosing whether or not to travel.     
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 24, 2010
 

3:00 p.m.

   

WHERE:  

Department of Public Safety Building
  215 East. 7th Street
  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:
http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pib/Releases/2010/12-01-2010_TreeofLife_Release.htm

 

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