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April 18, 2017

Metro Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths workshop convenes to address traffic deaths

Understanding teen behavior behind the wheel is among the topics on saving lives

What:  Is one death acceptable on Minnesota highways? Metro Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop partners will discuss the crash fact trends and determine best practices for reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries on metro Minnesota roadways.

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2016, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: Radisson Hotel, 2540 North Cleveland Ave., Roseville, MN 55113

Why: Since TZD’s inception in 2003, traffic-related deaths have declined by 40 percent. During the last 10 years (2006-2015), motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of unintentional injury
deaths for Minnesotans, ages five through 24.

Who:  More than 130 regional traffic safety stakeholders will attend the Metro Minnesota Regional TZD workshop, representing law enforcement, engineering, education, emergency medical and trauma services as well as local leaders. Hosted by Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Health and Transportation.

Highlights:
9:15 a.m. – The Teenage Brain and Risk Reduction: Connecting the Dots – Erin Walsh, Mind Positive Parenting. Walsh connects the latest in adolescent brain science and risk-taking behaviors as they relate to traffic safety.  She presents the latest science in an engaging way – making it easy to apply this information to families and how to make good choices during youth brain development.

1 p.m. – Case Study: Going from 60 to 0 Safely – Capt. Michael Hanson, Minnesota State Patrol; Wendy Lynch, EMS chief – Communications, Hennepin EMS; Charles Barrette, deputy chief – Operations, Hennepin EMS; Dr. Marc Martel, Hennepin County Medical Center. This session discusses the challenges of scene safety for a multi-vehicle, multi-pediatric victim crash –including priorities in triaging victims with assistance from multiple agencies.

2:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions: A. Crossing Cultural Barriers with Traffic Safety – Best practices for engaging the many different cultures found in the Metro Region B. Saved by the Belt & Work Zone Safety Engineering Style – How traffic engineering offers strong safety features that can lessen the impact of a crash and assist in keeping traffic moving, while protecting those doing work on roadways.

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