Larson leads regional traffic safety initiatives
MANKATO, Minn. Annette Larson of Janesville was recently selected for the position of TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) regional coordinator for south central and southwestern Minnesota.
With this position, Larson’s responsibilities include coordinating the south central, south western Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths community, traffic and safety program by planning, implementing and monitoring projects designed to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries.
While Larson is technically an employee of Minnesota Department of Transportation, her position is a true collaboration and jointly funded with the Department of Public Safety. Her traffic safety responsibilities are broader than MnDOT infrastructure improvements and include project coordination across all four “Es” – education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical and trauma services.
Larson has 13 years of related work experience in the areas of community/public health education with the American Cancer Society as a Cancer Control Patient Services Professional, Health Initiatives Manager and Program Resource Specialist. She has a successful track-record of building coalitions and bringing multiple stakeholders and community groups together in a productive efforts. Larson received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 from MSU, Mankato.
Larson joins other regional coordinators that MnDOT and DPS hired to provide coordination of TZD with other state agencies, local government, sheriff’s offices, police departments, engineers, public health educators, medical staff, judges, prosecutors and traffic safety coalitions along with the public at large.
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is the state’s primary road safety initiative and is a partnership between DPS, MnDOT, Department of Health, the University of Minnesota and others. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior.
Anyone interested in joining the TZD effort, can reach Larson at 507-304-6110 or at Annette.L.Larson@state.mn.us .