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May 2, 2022

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Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths

SoutheastMinnesota’s TZD Workshop to Cover Strategies for Addressing Increase in Traffic Deaths
Traffic safety partners refocus on the Safe System Approach and Traffic Safety Culture

What:  In 2021, 488 lives were lost on our roadways. This was the highest number of traffic fatalities in Minnesota since 2007. Southeast Minnesota TZD stakeholders will discuss local crash facts. They will learn how the Safe Systems Approach can offer a safety net to protect people when poor decisions are made behind the wheel. They will also strategize how to further engage communities and organizations, influence behavior change, and improve our Traffic Safety Culture.

When: Wednesday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: International Event Center
7333 Airport View Drive SW, Rochester

Why:    Traffic-related deaths declined by 45 percent from 2003-2014. In 2014, traffic-related fatalities began to plateau, but tragically, traffic deaths began to rise during COVID-19. Preliminary figures show traffic fatalities in 2021 spiked to 488, with speed as the largest contributing factor. It is evident that revisiting and revising focus and strategy is needed to bring us closer to zero. 

Who:   More than 150 regional traffic safety stakeholders representing law enforcement, engineering, education, emergency medical and trauma services as well as local leaderswill attend the workshop. Hosted by the Minnesota departments of Health, Public Safety and Transportation.

9:15 a.m. “I wish we were still on the plateauMark Wagner, assistant state traffic safety engineer, MnDOT Office of Traffic Engineering – In 2021, the number traffic fatalities were the highest since 2007. Traffic deaths jumped an alarming 26 percent. Speeding was the leading cause of fatal crashes in Minnesota.  What happened and why?

9:40 a.m. Making Safe System a Reality: Planning to Implementation –Derek Leuer, state traffic safety engineer, MnDOT Office of Traffic Engineering

10:40 a.m. Five Tips to Grow Traffic Safety Culture Katie Dively, M.S., MCHES, research scientist II - senior trainer, Center for Health and Safety Culture, Montana State University – Growing traffic safety culture can seem daunting, but there are actions everyone can take right now to create a safer traffic safety culture. 

*Please review the entire SE TZD regional workshop agenda for additional sessions.