2023 Metro Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Workshop

May 9, 2023

6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN

About the Workshop

This annual workshop helps facilitate Minnesota TZD's goal of creating a collaborative, comprehensive, and regional approach to reducing traffic deaths and severe injuries.

Workshop Presentations

Welcome to 20th Anniversary of TZD!

Speakers: Scot Edgeworth, East Metro TZD Regional Coordinator, MnDOT Metro District; Tara Helm, MPH, CPST, West Metro TZD Regional Coordinator, DPS Office of Traffic Safety; and Michael Barnes, District Engineer, MnDOT Metro District and Metro TZD Regional Co-chair

Crash Data Presentation: What’s the Data Telling Us?

Speaker: Maxwell Moreland, PE, PTOE, Traffic Safety Crash Data Engineer, MnDOT Office of Traffic Engineering

Recent trends in traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide are concerning. Are there certain crash types that have contributed to this rise? Were the past years a brief spike or are we seeing a new trajectory? This presentation reviewed regional crash trends with an eye towards the Strategic Highway Safety Plan and potential opportunities for future strategies.

Focusing on What Matters

Speaker: Amber Peterson, Managing Partner, Peterson & Perme Associates

Quite often, people feel overly impacted by their environment and helpless to change what’s going on in their own mind. Yet, our mindset (attitude and beliefs) is greatly impacted by what we choose to focus on. Who do we surround ourselves with? What is important that we should focus our energy? What boundaries should we hold around our values? This session guided participants to examine what they are focusing on in their lives, decide if it’s what they truly want, and empower them to make the changes they see they need to live a more fulfilled and satisfied life.

Pulling Weeds in the Legislative Garden

Speakers: Craig Flynn, Deputy Director, DPS Office of Traffic Safety; and Brian Sorenson, State Traffic Engineer, MnDOT Office of Traffic Engineering

This presentation offered an update on state legislative changes that impact roadway safety. It provided an overview of important bills that have been passed and what can be expected moving forward.

Workshop Goals

  • Encourage traffic safety as a priority for policymakers
  • Provide information on traffic safety issues in the Twin Cities Metro area
  • Provide a method to bring traffic safety programs into your community
  • Spread successes of the Metro Toward Zero Deaths program
  • Network with other traffic safety advocates

Workshop Sponsors

More Information

For questions about the workshop, please contact one of the Metro TZD Regional Coordinators: