Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 17, 2013

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Annual South Central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop convenes in Mankato

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

WHAT:           Approximately 100 traffic safety stakeholders will attend the South Central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop. The 2012 south central 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.

All but one county (Watonwan) in south central Minnesota have a higher fatality rate than both the statewide and national rates.

WHEN:           Monday, May 20, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Minnesota State University, Centennial Student Union, Mankato, Minn.

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.


8:30 a.m.   10 years of TZD Highlights
Lori Hodapp, Captain, Minnesota State Patrol.
Greg Ous, District Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation

10:15 a.m. Personal impact statement
Cindy Hagen, severely injured in a car crash as a teen after unbuckling her seatbelt by Wells in 1989.  Cindy will share her story and lessons learned.

11:15 a.m. – Lehnen Family honored
Brent Lehnen, killed near Courtland on June 18, 2012
Family members present to talk about their loss.

3:00 p.m. – Public Safety Address
Mona Dohman, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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