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News Release
Sept. 1, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
District 7, Mankato/Windom
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001


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Drive sober or get pulled over
Agencies band together to lower traffic deaths


MANKATO, Minn. – “Drive sober or get pulled over” was the primary message for Labor Day Weekend travelers at a multi-agency news conference held this morning at the Flying Goose Campground near Fairmont.  A second theme also was introduced that let people know those who work in the world of traffic safety are banding together to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Fairmont Police Chief Greg Brolsma and Minnesota State Patrol Captain Brian West delivered the hard-hitting enforcement warnings to those drinking this weekend.  The primary message was find a sober driver.


Other words of advice include:


The program, known as TZD or Toward Zero Deaths, has been spreading across the state of Minnesota for the past 10 years.


Recent statistics show that TZD has been working.  The annual number of fatalities typically averaged around 600, but in recent years the number is closer to 400.


The goal of this state-wide traffic initiative is to create a culture for which traffic fatalities and serious injuries are no longer acceptable through the application of education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical and trauma services – known as the “4 Es.”


MnDOT Assistant District Engineer Gordy Regenscheid talked about the partnerships and benefits of TZD and some of the low-cost safety projects that are being implemented on area highways such as rumble strips to keep motorists on the roadway.  Run off the road is one of the most common types of crashes in rural areas.


In addition to impaired driving, lack of seatbelt use, speed and aggressive and inattentive driving are the leading causes of deaths and serious injuries in south central and southwest Minnesota.


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