Far too many people die each year in traffic accidents, many of which could be prevented if safety precautions were taken.

According to Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), one person dies every 16 minutes in a traffic crash in the United States. Throughout a lifetime, nearly every U.S. resident is touched by the consequences of traffic crashes.

The Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy is the highway safety vision for the United States, and while it may seem impossible to have zero deaths from traffic crashes throughout a year, it's certainly a target worth shooting for.

Led by the TZD Steering Committee, the TZD National Strategy on Highway Safety works with state agencies, private industry, national organizations, and others to develop safety plans prioritizing traffic safety culture and promoting the national TZD vision.

Throughout the year, law enforcement agencies place additional officers on highways to focus on things like drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding. According to the Duluth Police Department, another such effort is happening now in Minnesota.

Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Initiative

According to the Duluth Police Department's Facebook post on Monday, there is now extra speed enforcement on Minnesota roadways, which will continue throughout the summer.

They note that the faster motorists travel, the more dangerous it can be as they face:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Increased crash severity, leading to more severe injuries.
  • Less time for driver response for crash avoidance.

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Preliminary numbers indicate that 414 motorists died in Minnesota in 2023, and there have already been 99 fatalities this year throughout the state.

Authorities urge all motorists to slow down and watch out for others while on the roadways. These behaviors help to ensure that everyone gets to their destination safely.

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