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Tribal summit on safety set for this week

PICKSTOWN — South Dakota tribal governments will meet to exchange ideas to improve transportation safety at the fourth annual Tribal Transportation Safety Summit on Wednesday and Thursday at the Fort Randall Casino & Hotel Conference Center in Pickstown.

The opening session of the two-day summit offers each of South Dakota’s nine tribes a chance to share a transportation safety best-practice or success story.

That could be a law enforcement effort, a highway safety program or a social program that is improving transportation safety on that reservation.

The summit also will focus on effective crash reporting, work zone safety, transit safety and traffic-safety programs, resources and assistance available to tribes from various state, federal and nonprofit agencies and groups.

Anne Ferro, administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be addressing the participants during the summit. The overall goal of the summit is to increase awareness of specific tribal transportation safety issues and gain a better understanding of the needs of each South Dakota tribe.

The summit runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

Further information is available on the South Dakota Department of Transportation website at

-Source: SD Department of Transportation