Central Safe Communities Coalition was formed in 2004
through a grant with the Minnesota Department of Public
Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. They meet every other
month on the fourth Thursday at either Montevideo
or Madison. Members include law enforcement, public
health, county attorneys, court administrators, insurance
agents, school social workers/counselors, county commissioners,
family services, community corrections, a local bottling
company owner, a parent who lost a child due to drinking
and driving and anyone who has an interest in public
safety issues in Swift, Big Stone, Lac Qui Parle,
Yellow Medicine and Chippewa Counties.
of the Southwest Central Safe Community Coalition
include: creating key messages to get out to the public
about safe driving practices and underage drinking,
build stronger relationships between agencies to improve
the systems that are in place, and discuss ways to
improve effective programs that are already in place
in the five counties.
has been active in: high school seat belt checks,
community seat belt checks, a billboard campaign addressing
adult providers of alcohol to minors, giving presentation
to groups and businesses on the dangers of impaired
driving, car seat clinics, reviewing each fatal crash
that occurs within the five counties, putting out
key media messages, piloting a Drinking and Driving
Speakers Panel for teens and promoting safe driving
practices at county fairs.
newest billboard campaign targets young drivers. The
caption "Where are you crashing tonight?"
was developed by Canby High school students. Each
school district community in the 5 counties was given
opportunity to use local people for their billboard
pictures. You can see 3 billboards in Swift County,
one in Benson, one in Kerkhoven, and one in Appleton.
All pictures feature local EMS and police