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June 11, 2012



MnDOT District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Couple in Hwy 63 crash recognized with “Saved by the Helmet” award



Minnesota State Patrol will recognize a Woodbury couple for wearing their helmets in a crash that occurred June 24, 2011, on Highway 63 in Fillmore County. The couple hit a deer crossing the road, resulting in serious injuries for the passenger. The couple credits wearing helmets as saving their lives.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 2:15 p.m.



Minnesota State Patrol Headquarters – Rochester District 2100
2900 48th St. NW, Rochester, Minn. 55901



Last month, one-third of the state’s deaths (7) were motorcyclists, pushing the 2012 preliminary total to 15 rider deaths this year, compared to eight deaths at this time in 2011.  Of these deaths, eight riders did not wear a helmet, three riders wore a helmet and four were unknown.
Officials stress these safety tips for motorcyclists and motorists:

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The southeastern Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths initiative brings area law enforcement, public health educators, engineers and emergency medical and trauma services together in an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and severe injuries to zero in southeastern Minnesota. The 11-county area includes:  Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Winona and Wabasha counties.






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