Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 24, 2013

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Fourth annual Northwestern Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop convenes in Bemidji

Traffic Safety event combines diverse field of stakeholders aimed at reducing traffic fatalities

WHAT: More than 100 traffic safety stakeholders will attend the Northwestern Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop. The 2012 northwestern Minnesota crash facts will be presented and best practices highlighted. Attendees will discuss ways they can work together to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Minnesota roadways.

WHEN: June 6th, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hampton Inn, Bemidji, MN

WHY: Traffic crashes are the leading cause of deaths for Minnesotans ages two through 34.

WHO: Members of the media are invited to attend and interview key traffic safety stakeholders. Representatives from law enforcement, engineering, education and emergency medical and trauma services, and local leaders also will attend.


9:00 a.m.      Welcome & 10 Years of TZD Highlights
TZD Regional Co-chairs:  Craig Collison, District engineer, MnDOT District 2; Capt. Hanson, State Patrol commander, Dist. 3200; and Holly Kostrzewski, NW Regional TZD coordinator.

9:30 a.m.      Keynote address – Minnesota Crash Help
Ben Schooley, Center for Excellence in Rural Safety In rural Minnesota

10:30 a.m.Regional TZD Crash Facts & What’s Your Goal, Minnesota? video
Capt. Hanson State Patrol commander, District 3200

11 a.m. Personal Impact Statement
Alex’s Marathon to Recovery “It is About the Journey” Mike, Debbie, and Alex Balluff
12:30 p.m.   The Future of Traffic Safety in Minnesota:
Setting the direction for Strategic Highway Safety Plans & Statewide TZD
Moderator: Representatives from Minnesota Dept. of Transportation and Ginny Crowson, Athey Creek Consultants



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