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May 23, 2017

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

Understanding what can be done to prevent tragic crashes from happening

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

When:   Wednesday, May 24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: The Woods, 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd, MN 56444

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 5 through 24.

Who:     More than 70 regional traffic safety stakeholders will attend the East 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.

Highlights:
10:15 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.”
10:45 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:” Complete Streets, Safety Culture, and E-charging and E-warrants.