Iowa Department of Public Safety
Eugene T. Meyer, Commissioner
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Telephone Number: (515) 725-6182
Facsimile Number: (515) 725-6195

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For immediate release: Courtney Greene, Bureau Chief
Thursday, December 30, 2010 Public Information Bureau
Des Moines, Iowa (515) 725-6196

DPS Cautions against Impaired Driving this New Year’s Eve as Six more Bulbs Dim on the Tree of Life

Des Moines, IOWA --- Time to ring in the New Year with good friends and a glass of Champaign.  Just be sure you and your friends don't get behind the wheel once you’ve toasted 2011.  Driving drunk, or even buzzed, is a choice that will land you behind bars or at the local morgue.  Don’t be another motor vehicle fatality—like the 19 others, so far this month.

State officials have learned of six more Iowans who tragically lost their lives on Iowa roadways.  Combined with previous deaths, this brings the December motor vehicle total to 19.  As we have in previous week, this Friday we’ll add six more green light bulbs to the Tree of Life as a visual representation of the precious lives lost.

Join DPS staff as we swap out light bulbs, distribute a list of motor vehicle fatalities so far this holiday season, and offer up tips for safe transportation on New Year’s Eve.


Exchanging of Light Bulbs on Tree of Life


Friday, December 31, 2010

3:00 p.m.



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:


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