Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 13, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

East Central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Workshop to cover traffic safety strategies

Mother shares the tragic story of her son’s death in Sleepy Eye crash that took the lives of 4 young men

WHAT: Approximately 80 traffic safety stakeholders will attend the fourth annual East Central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) regional workshop. Attendees will share and study strategies to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on Minnesota’s roadways.

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
WHERE: MnDOT Training Facility, 3725 12th Street North, St. Cloud

WHY: Since TZD’s inception in 2003, traffic-related deaths have declined 37 percent. During the last 10 years (2006 – 2015), motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of unintentional injury death for Minnesotans ages 5-24.

WHO: Representatives from law enforcement, engineering, education as well as emergency medical and trauma services will attend, along with other local leaders. The event is hosted by the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Health and Transportation.

8:30 a.m. TZD regional success stories; followed by “Critical crash management”
Dan Anderson, District engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Matt Jakubik, paramedic, North Memorial Ambulance.

10 a.m. 2015 Regional crash data review
Lt. Joe Dwyer, Minnesota State Patrol

11:30 a.m. Personal impact statement
Deb Hadley shares the story of her son’s death in a crash with his friends. Sleepy Eye was devastated by this tragic event where several young men lost their lives.

12:45 p.m. – Afternoon sessions
Topics include: what’s new in traffic safety, the future of transportation and a facilitated group action planning session.

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