Stakeholder Breakfasts

These breakfast meetings, which are open to the public, give attendees a chance to discuss recent TZD efforts and progress. The meetings also feature a presentation on a traffic safety-related topic.

TZD and Commercial Motor Vehicles: Bridging the Gap

January 23, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


Minnesota Safety Council
474 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103

About the Presentation

The commercial vehicle industry plays a vital role in supporting this state and country's economy. National projections indicate commercial vehicle traffic will be increasing at a steady rate as the demands for goods continue to rise. Unfortunately, merely because of their size, these 80,000-pound vehicles create tragedy on Minnesota's roadways. Every year, Minnesota's Crash Facts report splits fault between passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

What opportunities and challenges are there as we strive towards zero deaths? From a traffic management and engineering perspective, are there ways to harness existing technologies to better prepare drivers for what lies ahead? For law enforcement, the 53-foot walk from the rear of the trailer to the cab can be a long walk, but the data shows it is an important one. This presentation will provide valuable information on state and national data as well as engineering, enforcement, and education strategies. It will also pose important questions that can be taken back to your respective jurisdictions.


  • Mike Hanson, Director, DPS Office of Traffic Safety and TZD Co-Chair
  • Col. Matt Langer, Minnesota State Patrol
  • Capt. Jon Olsen, Minnesota State Patrol
  • Julie Whitcher, MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicles


7:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions
8:15 a.m. - Presentation
8:55 a.m. - Q & A
9:10 a.m. - Closing Comments
9:15 a.m. - Breakfast Adjourn


The presentation will also be broadcast live on the web using WebEx. Registration is required for online viewing. Access instructions will be emailed to registered participants.

Registration and More

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested by Wednesday, January 16, 2019, for both in-person and webinar participants.

For more information, please contact Linda Dolan at 612-625-4533 or


The Toward Zero Deaths Stakeholder Breakfast is sponsored by the Toward Zero Deaths program and Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, and Health with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The breakfast is hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Past Stakeholder Breakfasts

July 11, 2018: First Responders—TZD Means Protecting Yourself, Too!

January 24, 2018: Tackling Traffic Safety at Super Bowl LII

July 12, 2017: Work Zones—What Do the Four Es Need to Know?

January 18, 2017: Traffic Safety—Why the Workplace?

July 13, 2016: Overview of the Younger Drivers Toolkit

January 6, 2016: Minnesota Distracted Driving Survey

July 8, 2015: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Initiatives

January 7, 2015: An Overview of the I-90/94 Challenge

July 9, 2014: Engineering 101

April 15, 2014: Motorcycle Safety—Nuts, Bolts, and Data

January 8, 2014: Where is Minnesota Already Achieving Zero Deaths?

July 10, 2013: Social Media Saves Lives

January 30, 2013: What Can You Do with a Local Fatal Review?

July 11, 2012: Roadside Safety and Emergency Scene Management for First Responders

April 11, 2012: Partnering to Drive Down Teen Crashes

January 11, 2012: Technology to Help Prevent Crashes in Rural Areas

April 13, 2011: Changes to DWI Administrative License Sanctions

January 19, 2011: Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan

July 14, 2010: Distraction-Free Driving

April 14, 2010 - A Safer Way Home: the Minnesota Safe Ride Guide

January 20, 2010 - Update on Strategic Safety Planning for Minnesota Counties

July 8, 2009 - Generational Perspectives In Teen and Older Drivers On Traffic Safety In Rural And Urban Communities

April 8, 2009 - New Strategies for Older Drivers