Duluth Hosts ‘Toward Zero Deaths’ Workshop

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Law enforcement officers and other transportation officials from all over Northeast Minnesota gathered in Duluth Tuesday.

The topic of conversation: keeping Minnesotans safe on the roads.

The Towards Zero Deaths conference is an opportunity for first responders, engineers and other highway safety stakeholders to share ideas, experiences, and best practices.

The goal of the process is to reduce traffic-related deaths on Minnesota roads.

“We want to get down to zero deaths,” Minnesota State Patrol Captain Steve Strombach said. “We don’t want to have any deaths on the road. One of the things we’ve focused on today is the benefits. Since T.Z.D was formed we are seeing a steady decline in the number of fatal crashes over the years.”

Captain Strombach added while the ultimate goal of the T.Z.D program is to eliminate fatal crashes completely, the short term goal is to reduce the number of fatal crashes to 300 by 2020

The T.Z.D program was first launched in 2003.

Since it began, Minnesota traffic fatalities have dropped by 45 percent.

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