Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 24, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Northwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop convenes Wednesday to cover traffic safety strategies

BEMIDJI, Minn. —

What: More than 100 regional traffic safety stakeholders will attend the 6th annual Northwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop. The 2015 northwest Minnesota crash facts will be presented and best practices highlighted. Attendees will discuss ways they can work together to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on Minnesota roadways.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Dr, Bemidji, Minnesota

Why: Since TZD’s inception in 2003, traffic-related deaths have declined by 37 percent. During the last
10 years (2006 – 2015), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury death
for Minnesotans ages five through 24.

Who: Representatives from law enforcement, engineering, education, emergency medical and trauma services, as well as local leaders will also be in attendance. Hosted by Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Health and Transportation.


  • 10:30 a.m. – JOYRIDE Transportation Partnership

Learn about the alternative transportation service that transports customers home from drinking establishments using taxis, buses or other vehicles. By providing transportation, program patrons have the opportunity to have a good time without the worry of how to enjoy a few drinks and get home easily – and safely – at the end of the evening. With a successful JOYRIDE program, communities experience a positive change in the drinking and driving culture.

  • 11:30 a.m. – Personal Impact Story

Koren Hill will discuss the financial, emotional and personal consequences of Driving Under the Influence.

  • 1:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions: Two sessions focus on innovative strategies to address traffic safety issues, design standards and the challenges of quickly getting patients from a crash scene to the appropriate care.