Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 28, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

5th Annual Northwest 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 Northwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop. The 2013 northwest 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:           Wednesday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Dr. NE, 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. The event is being jointly sponsored by MnDOT and the Department of Public Safety. Representatives from law enforcement, engineering, education and emergency medical and trauma services, as well as local leaders also will attend.

10:30 a.m. Innovative Strategies to Address Teen Driver Safety Issues

  • Gordy Pehrson, Teen & TZD Safe Roads Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Public

Safety Office of Traffic Safety, Parents are enforcers too!
See highlights from “Point Of Impact,” the parent component to driver education.

  • Pat Huston, Assistant District Engineer, MnDOT District 1, and father of Kelcy Huston (teen driver). See firsthand how new dash cam technology impacted one family’s perspective in driving.

11:15 a.m. Minnesota State Patrol video “Gone Too Soon” Captain Mike Hanson
Personal Impact Statement - Matt Logan, D.J. Logan’s father
She made a mistake like all teenagers do in the process of growing up. Except this time, there is no growing up…We would much rather be grounding her for this error than never hear her laughter again…We can only pray others learn from her mistake.