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News Release
May 15, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Eighth annual Southeastern Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop convenes in Rochester
Traffic Safety event combines diverse field of stakeholders aimed at reducing traffic fatalities


WHAT:           More than 150 traffic safety stakeholders will attend the Southeastern Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop. The 2011 southeastern 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.

           Thursday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ramada Hotel, 1517 16th St. SW, Rochester, Minn.

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

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.


10:15 a.m. Keynote addressCurrent trends in drug abuse: prescription and synthetic drugs
Carol Falkowski, drug abuse strategy officer, Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Why the increases in abuse? How far reaching is the impact? How does this compare with past trends in drug abuse? What can we do about it?

12:30 p.m. Personal impact statement
Sandy Melville, mother of Austin Melville, who was killed in 2010 by a drunk/drugged driver on Highway 63/Broadway Avenue in Rochester;
Scott Sherden, Rochester Police Department, who responded to the scene;
Eric Woodford, Criminal Division lead attorney, Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, who prosecuted the landmark case.

2:30 p.m. – Wabasha County DWI/Drug Court
Judge Terrence Walters, Wabasha County DWI/Drug Court
How does a DWI or drug court function? Does it work to rehabilitate offenders? How do these courts get established? What are the challenges faced?