Toward Zero Deaths reports local traffic deaths for 2020

The program did not meet its goal this year.

MANKATO ― The Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program released a report on the number of traffic deaths in 2020, and the numbers are higher than the goal set for this year.

Since its inception in 2003, TZD's efforts have reduced traffic deaths in Minnesota by 44%. The program involves many participants that include EMS, law enforcement, education and roadway engineering departments around the state. The program's ultimate goal is to reduce traffic deaths to zero by encouraging drivers to wear seat belts, pay attention and drive sober.

TZD set a 2020 goal of 300 traffic deaths. As of the beginning of December, the state has recorded 364 traffic deaths so far this year. Twenty-four of those took place in the south central region, with two occurring in Nobles County.

To continue to reduce traffic deaths, everyone must work together. TZD encourages Minnesotans to talk to each other about driving within the speed limit, eliminating distractions, planning sober rides and buckling up.

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