Minnesota Department of Transportation

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May 22, 2017

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

How can you drive Northwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths?


Is one death acceptable on Minnesota highways? Northwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop partners will discuss crash trends and determine best practices for reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries on northwest Minnesota roadways.


Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Dr., Bemidji


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 5 through 24.


More than 100 regional traffic safety stakeholders will attend the Northwest Minnesota Regional TZD workshop. They represent law enforcement, engineering, education, emergency medical and trauma services, as well as local leaders.The Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Health and Transportation are hosting the event.


10:30 a.m. - Lessons Learned from Bus Crashes in Northwest Minnesota
Panelists: Captain Mike Wedin, Minnesota State Patrol; Sheriff Phil Hodapp, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office; Molly Vollbrecht, Blackduck Ambulance; Jake Howard, Bemidji Ambulance; Jay Ward, Sanford Hospital; Greg Leidel, ISD31 Transportation; Mike Schultz, Sanford AirMed; and Matt Jakubik, North Memorial AirCare

12:45 p.m. - Personal Impact Statement: Beltrami County DWI court graduate, Hillary Hampson

2:15 p.m. Autonomous and connected vehicles. How will this technology affect Transportation?
Jay Hipetas, director, MnDOT Office of Traffic, Safety & Technology and State TZD co-chair; and Philip Schaffner, MnDOT planning director
How to prepare? What is happening nationally, in Minnesota – and what does that mean to TZD?‪