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Minnesota Trucking-related Fatalities Drop Nearly 18%


Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year,

resulting in a 17.8% drop in trucking-related fatalities.

According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor

Vehicle Crash Facts, published by the Minnesota Department of Public

Safety, the number of truck-related fatalities dropped from 90 in 2007 to

74 in 2008.

The number of persons injured in truck-related crashes also went down,

dropping 18.3% during the same period.

?Preventing crashes is the number one priority of every professional truck

driver,? said John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking

Association. ?This data is welcome news and a real encouragement to our

on-going safety efforts. Most people don?t realize that the safest drivers

on the road are truck drivers.?

There were 287 fewer truck-related crashes in 2008 vs. 2007, representing a

reduction of 6.2%.

The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) has advanced a number of safety

initiatives in recent years, including mandatory classroom and

behind-the-wheel instruction regarding how to share the road with big

trucks that was passed by the 2008 Minnesota Legislature. The MTA has been

a key partner in the state?s Towards Zero Deaths initiative and actively

lobbied to pass the state?s new primary seatbelt law. The organization has

also called for a national maximum 65 mile per hour speed limit for all

vehicles.

JUNE JOB LOSS STATEMENT FROM MN2020

Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - FROM MN2020 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOHN VAN HECKE



"As more Minnesotans continue to find themselves out of work, a state economic recovery strategy is conspicuously absent.



Governor Pawlenty's unilateral cu ..... 
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FINAL TRAFFIC CRASH REPORT: MINNESOTA DEATHS DOWN 11 PERCENT

Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - There were 455 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2008, the lowest on record since 1945 and an 11 percent drop from the 510 deaths in 2007. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) annual detailed summary of traffic crashes, Minne ..... 
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Minnesota records two additional H1N1-associated deaths

Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Two additional deaths associated with the H1N1 novel influenza virus have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

That brings to three the total number of deaths in the state linked to the ongoing H1N1 outbreak.

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EXTRA DWI ENFORCEMENT DECLARED FOR THE 4TH

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Following one of the deadliest Memorial Day holiday weekends ever, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reinforcing the need for motorists to drive belted, safe and sober during the Independence Day weekend. Last year alcohol-related c ..... 
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Walz Applauds Obama Appointment of Colleen Landkamer as State Director of USDA Rural Development

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Mankato, MN) - Today, Congressman Tim Walz applauded President Obama's appointment of Colleen Landkamer to serve as State Director of USDA Rural Development. The Office of Rural Development promotes economic development in rural areas, supports publ ..... 
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MPCA targets $1.57 million to clean up diesel engines in MN

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will be releasing $1.57 million in grant money from the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) for clean diesel projects in the state. These DERA funds were made available through the Am ..... 
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FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS - PRIMARY LAW NOW IN EFFECT

Tue, Jun 9th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's primary seat belt law goes into effect today, June 9, meaning drivers and passengers in all seating positions - including the back seat - must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. Law enforcement can now stop motori ..... 
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