Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 9, 2017

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

Understanding what can be done to prevent tragic crashes from happening


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


Thursday, May 11, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Thumper Pond, 300 Thumper Lodge Road, Ottertail, MN 56571


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.


More than 80 regional traffic safety stakeholders will attend the West Central 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 workshop.


10:30 a.m. – The Blame Game – This interactive session will challenge the attendees to make suggestions on who can fix the case study presented.  For instance, “put in a stop light” may be the answer just as well as “tell law enforcement to write more tickets.”

11 a.m. – The Dissection of Crash Evidence – When a crash happens, law enforcement investigates contributing factors to how it occurred. As traffic safety partners, we look for the “why” to work on prevention.  This session will walk through what can be found for future safety efforts.

11:30 a.m. – Personal Impact Statement - An impaired driver critically injures himself and loses his friend in a crash.  The driver’s sister, Rylie Langer, describes the impact of that choice on the people associated with the crash.

12:30 p.m. – Good to Know – An Overview of “Hot Topics:” Alexandria’s Complete Street Project,  Buckle-up with Bucky, Triage 101 and White Earth Traffic Enforcement Public Law 280.