Zero traffic deaths workshop
What: Is one death acceptable on Minnesota highways? Southwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths partners will discuss crash facts and determine best practices to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on southwestern Minnesota roadways.
When: Friday, April 21, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Where: Redwood Area Community Center, 901 Cook Street, Redwood Falls, MN
Why: Since TZD’s inception in 2003, traffic-related deaths have declined by 40 percent. During the last 10 years (2006-2015), motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for Minnesotans, ages five through 24.
Who: Nearly 100 regional traffic safety stakeholders will attend the Southwest Minnesota Regional TZD workshop, representing law enforcement, engineering, education, emergency medical and trauma services as well as local leaders. Hosted by Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Health and Transportation.
Highlights: 9 a.m. – TZD Regional Efforts - Jon Huseby, district engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol
11:15 a.m. – Critical Incident Stress Debrief - Ann Jenson, executive director, Southwest Minnesota EMS Corporation, and Kathy Abram, lead trainer, Metro CISM Learn why you should participate in a debrief session and how to cope with incidents, both now and long-term.
2 p.m. – The Challenges of Drowsy Driving - Jarad Ripperger, director, Sleep Center of Willmar Most drivers have found themselves tired or falling asleep while driving. Drowsy driving is not just falling asleep at the wheel – it is a profound impairment that mimics alcohol-impaired driving in many ways. Learn how key sleep disorders and chronic disease play a part in drowsy driving and what we can do.
2:30 p.m. – Personal Impact Statement - Gina Calistro shares the tragic story of the loss of her father as a result of complications from a crash caused by an impaired driver.