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Associated Press, Published January 30 2012

States, tribe sign traffic safety agreement

FORT YATES, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the states of North Dakota and South Dakota have signed an agreement to work together to improve traffic safety.

Tribal leaders and officials with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety signed the pact on Monday during a ceremony at Fort Yates.

The agreement envisions culturally appropriate traditional media, social media and local outreach events promoting safe traffic practices and behaviors.

Officials say a focus will be placed on efforts to increase seatbelt use and reduce the incidence of speeding and impaired driving.

State officials will work with the tribe to complete and update a highway safety plan aimed at reducing fatal and serious injury crashes on the reservation.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.