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State tops 300 traffic fatalities for year as Toward Zero Deaths conference convenes in Duluth


Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Minnesota preliminary traffic deaths passed the 300 death mark this past weekend, but the 303 road fatalities in 2011 are well below the 357 at this time in 2010.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety projects 355 deaths for 2011 - which would mark a fourth consecutive annual drop in deaths and a 38 percent reduction in deaths from a decade ago. The projection also means the state is in reach of achieving its goal of 350 traffic deaths by 2014 three years early.

The news comes as state traffic safety officials and stakeholders - law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, engineers, public health officials, advocates and more - meet in Duluth, Nov. 16-17, for the Minnesota's annual Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety conference.

"Fewer people are getting killed, more motorists are buckling up, and there is a drop in alcohol-related incidents," says Donna Berger, acting director of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "But this progress is lost on the fact that preventable crashes are killing hundreds of people annually."

In the three-year period, 2008-2010, 1,287 people were killed on Minnesota roads at an estimated economic impact of nearly $1.6 billion; thousands more suffered injuries during this same period. Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesotans ages 2-34.

The 2011 deaths to-date include 36 motorcyclists, 27 pedestrians and three bicyclists - each lower compared to its 2010 counts. July (46 deaths) and October (43 deaths) have been the deadliest months of the year in 2011 to-date, with January (15) and March (19) the least deadly.

Officials cite many factors for the trend of fewer road deaths, pointing to proactive efforts such as targeted enforcement and education campaigns; improved engineering; efficient trauma response; as well as important legislation. Officials also credit driver behavior, safer vehicles, and note the economy may be factoring by causing motorists to drive at slower, safer speeds.

What Is Toward Zero Deaths?

TZD is the state's cornerstone traffic safety initiative that is a partnership between DPS, MnDOT, Department of Health (MDH), the University of Minnesota and others. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior.

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Sheriff's News Release October 21, 2011 From: Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Police Reports



A Fillmore man died as the result of a logging accident in Carimona Township. Kenneth 'Kent' Erding, age 60, was operating a chainsaw when a tree fell on him at around 11:40am on Thursday (10-20-11).

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Chatfield accident

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Wednesday, September 14 at 9:44 am there was a head-on collision between two vehicles on Highway 52 near County Road 7, just north of Chatfield. Cheryl Jankiewicz, age 52 of Chatfield, was driving an Oldsmobile, which was southbound on Highway 52, w ..... 
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Police car chase near Rushford

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Preston/Lanesboro Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Deputy John DeGeorge were called to a scene in Rushford for a domestic assault incident on Monday, September 12. Suspect Kyle Gilow, age 21 of Winona, fled from Rushford Police Chief Sa ..... 
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Harmony man dies from fall

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

According to Fillmore County Sheriff's Captain John DeGeorge, a 67 year old Harmony man died Tuesday after a fall from a ladder in the town of Granger in Fillmore County.

Gary James Pratt sustained injuries when he fell from a ladder while ..... 
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Police car chase near Rushford

Tue, Sep 13th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

Preston/Lanesboro Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Deputy John DeGeorge were called to a scene in Rushford for a domestic assault incident on Monday, September 12. Suspect Kyle Gilow, age 21 of Winona, fled from Rushford Police Chief Sam ..... 
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Make Room for "Move Over" Enforcement, Aug. 31

Wed, Aug 31st, 2011
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Statewide law enforcement agencies will increase enforcement of the Ted Foss Move Over law, Aug. 31, to educate motorists that emergency responders need room on the road to conduct their work safely. The Minnesota Department of Pub ..... 
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FIRST WEEKEND OF DWI ENFORCEMENT: AT LEAST 232 ARRESTED

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
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FIRST WEEKEND OF DWI ENFORCEMENT: AT LEAST 232 ARRESTED

ST. PAUL - At least 232 motorists were arrested for DWI, Aug. 19-21, the first weekend of a statewide crackdown running through Labor Day, according to preliminary reports from the Minnes ..... 
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Speed campaign catches many drivers driving at high speeds

Wed, Aug 10th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

STATEWIDE SPEED ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN CITES 21 MOTORISTS IN EXCESS OF 100 MILES PER HOUR

Added Speed Patrols Continue through September

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today announced 2 ..... 
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