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Oct. 27, 2017

Toward Zero Deaths honors Otter Tail County Engineer

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Rick West, Otter Tail County Engineer, was among the 10 individuals and organizations honored by Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths for their work to improve traffic safety. The awards were announced at the statewide TZD conference Oct. 26-27 in St. Paul.

West received the Engineering Star Award. 

TZD Star Awards are given annually to recognize those who display excellence in enforcement, emergency medical and trauma services, education, engineering, child passenger safety and judicial/court systems. They have shown leadership and creativity in efforts to improve traffic safety throughout the state and build partnerships with others working towards the same goal.               

West is a champion of county roadway safety in Minnesota. His efforts in advocating for safety planning fostered the delivery of a County Roadway Safety Plan in every Minnesota county. His dedication to roadway safety is shown by his connections with people and agencies across the nation focused on making our roadways safer.         

He has chaired the Minnesota County Engineers Association–Highway Safety Committee for many years. Other efforts and orga­nizations he has been a part of include the Local Road Research Board, development of the Minnesota Crash Mapping Analysis Tool, Safe Communities Coalitions, Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program, Federal Highway Administration workshops and the National Association of County Engineers.
The Minnesota TZD program is an interdisciplinary partnership with the state departments of Health, Transportation and Public Safety.

Learn more about TZD, including a full list of award recipients, at www.minnesotatzd.org.