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Oct. 30, 2019

Toward Zero Deaths honors Allison Nicolson with TZD Star award

DULUTH, Minn. — Allison Nicolson from Essentia Health/St. Mary’s was honored by Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths for her work to save lives through improved traffic safety. The awards were announced at the statewide TZD conference Oct. 23-24 in St. Cloud.

Nicolson won the Education Star Award.

Nicolson was honored for leading a broad range of traffic safety efforts in northeast Minnesota, including her substantial work to help create the Twin Ports JOYRIDE program and increase the number of safe rides home from 284 in 2015 to nearly 2,000 in 2018, coordinate mock crashes at areas schools and the Safe Kids NE Minnesota Coalition, help parents and others as a child passenger safety instructor, and numerous other efforts that improve traffic safety through education and community engagement.

TZD Star Awards are given annually to individuals and organizations in Minnesota that show excellence in TZD’s emphasis areas of enforcement, emergency medical and trauma services, education, engineering, child passenger safety and judicial/court systems. They have shown their leadership and creative capacities in efforts to improve traffic safety throughout the state and build partnerships.

The Minnesota TZD program is an interdisciplinary partnership with the state departments of health, transportation and public safety. This collaboration began 15 years ago and has worked to reduce roadway fatalities by 45 percent.

Learn more about TZD and get involved at minnesotatzd.org.