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STATE ON PACE FOR LOWEST TRAFFIC FATALITIES SINCE 1944


Wed, Jul 21st, 2010
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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the state is on pace to have the lowest number of traffic deaths since 1944, despite at least three weekend deaths that pushed the 2010 total over the 200-death milestone. As of July 19, the state's preliminary traffic death count is 204, compared to 214 at this time last year. The state hit the 100 death-mark in late April.

DPS projects 400 deaths for the year, a figure that would meet the goal of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), of 400 or fewer deaths for 2010. There were 421 deaths in 2009.

Traffic Safety officials say enforcement of seat belt use as well as aggressive and impaired driving patrols coupled with educational outreach have factored in the lower death count. DPS also cites continued MnDOT engineering improvements and efficient emergency response to crashes are contributing to the lower death count - all elements of the TZD program.

"Minnesota has achieved real progress in recent years in limiting road deaths, and we are on pace to continue this trend," says Cheri Marti, director of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "We call on all motorists to exercise safe driver behavior to stop preventable deaths."

The 204 traffic deaths for 2010 include - 15 motorcyclists, the same count with this time in 2009; 19 pedestrians, up from 15 at this time last year; and five bicyclists, level with the 2009 count at this time.

Officials say summer is a critical time for motorists to watch for motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and offer these tips:

Pedestrians - Motorists must yield for crossing pedestrians at all marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections; and pedestrians must obey traffic control devices. Motorists need to anticipate pedestrians crossing both at crosswalks and crossing illegally.

Motorcyclists - Ridership is at an all-time high in the state. Motorists should look twice for motorcycles before turning or changing lanes and allow plenty of room. Riders should wear high-visibility protective gear to stand out in traffic. Riders of all experience levels are encouraged to take a training course once every four years; for more information, visit www.motorcyclesafety.state.mn.us.

Bicyclists - Bike riders should wear helmets and bright, reflective clothing, and lights at night. Riders must obey traffic signals. Motorists must share the road w .....
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SPEEDING DRIVERS ON THE RADAR FOR JULY ENFORCEMENT

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - To counter the trend of motorists increasing speeds during summer, Minnesota law enforcement agencies are stepping up speed patrols in July. The added speed enforcement is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), whi ..... 
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JUNE DWI ARRESTS: 125 BUSTED IN STATE'S 13 "DEADLIEST" COUNTIES FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
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ST. PAUL - State Patrol Troopers, County Deputies and City Officers partnered to arrest 125 impaired drivers in June during enhanced DWI patrols in the state's 13 counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries, according to the Mi ..... 
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RED CROSS WRAPS UP DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
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[Rochester, MN, June 19, 2010] - Trained Red Cross damage assessment volunteers have completed their survey of damage caused to homes, mobile homes, and apartments in Minnesota due to the storms that hit the state on Thursday night, June 16. The fina ..... 
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AMERICAN RED CROSS OPENS SHELTERS FOR AREA STORM VICTIMS

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
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[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:15 AM] - The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, for any area residents who are without safe shelter due to the tornadoes and straight-line winds ..... 
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Red Cross Begins Feeding in Affected Communities

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:00 AM] - The American Red Cross will soon begin feeding operations in the Ellendale community as well as in the Lincolnshire neighborhood of northwest Rochester. Our disaster assessment teams are also beginning to re ..... 
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AGENCIES KICKING OFF SUMMER WITH MOTORCYCLE ENFORCEMENT

Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
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ST. PAUL -As thousands of motorcycle riders hit the roads this summer, around 400 agencies across Minnesota will ramp up patrols on Saturday, June 19 for enhanced motorcycle enforcement to stop impaired and speeding riders. The Department of Public S ..... 
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Fire at the Fillmore Central High School investigation complete

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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The investigation has been completed on the fire that occurred at the Fillmore Central High School in Harmony on May 19th.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's Office have concluded that the fire start ..... 
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Sheriff's News Release: Fire at the Fillmore Central High School - May 19, 2010

Tue, May 25th, 2010
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The investigation has been completed on the fire that occurred at the Fillmore Central High School in Harmony on May 19th.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's Office have concluded that the fire started ..... 
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