Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a data-driven, multi-disciplinary approach to highway safety that implements best practices in the "four E's": education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical, and trauma services. MnDOT, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Department of Health lead the effort. Emphasis areas and countermeasures that work are identified in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
What are we doing?
- Engineering initiatives currently underway include low-cost, proactive safety projects such as cable median barrier, rumble strips and rural intersection lighting
- Road safety plans that will identify locations for implementing projects are under development for each MnDOT District and each Minnesota County
- Heighten Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) (i.e. speed enforcement) will run through June 2012 in partnership with DPS
- TZD program will be expanded at the Regional or District level similar to the Southeast TZD pilot project to build grassroots support for traffic safety initiatives
- Governor’s Initiative projects are planned to be let by the end of July
- HEAT continues, data has been collected and some analysis has occurred
- “Gap” projects should be completed this construction season
- First round of Safety Plans for Districts 3 and 6 near completion (includes nearly all the counties)