Safe Communities

Southwest 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.

Activities 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.


SWSCC 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.

The 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




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