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Stephanie Felt recognized by MnDOT for Kandiyohi County sober ride program

The award is part of the 2020 Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) awards that are presented annually to recognize significant achievements that help save lives and reduce life-changing injuries on Minnesota roads.

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Carolyn Lange / Tribune Stephanie Felt, coordinator of the Kandiyohi County Traffic Education and Safety Team, stands by a seat belt simulator used in a demonstration Saturday before the Willmar Stingers baseball game.

SPICER — Stephanie Felt, of Spicer, was given the Education Star Award by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for her work on the Joyride program in Kandiyohi County, according to a news release from the department.

The award is part of the 2020 Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) awards that are presented annually to recognize significant achievements that help save lives and reduce life-changing injuries on Minnesota roads.

The Kandiyohi Joyride program provides sober transportation during the summer months within a six-mile radius around Spicer, and also delivers within the city limits of Willmar, according to its website.

“Felt is recognized for increasing traffic safety awareness through creative education campaigns for more than 16 years and for developing and growing a successful Joyride program in Kandiyohi County,” read the release. “Kandiyohi Joyride has provided more than 1,600 rides since 2014. Felt also has helped other communities implement their own sober ride programs.”

The Minnesota TZD program is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the state departments of health, transportation and public safety that seeks to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe driving behavior.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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