Minnesota Safety Council Says Minnesota Should Go for "Two in a Row"

ST. PAUL, MN - In 2014, there were no traffic deaths on Minnesota roads during the Labor Day weekend. The Minnesota Safety Council is urging Minnesotans to make it two in a row by matching last year’s record. In each of the previous five years, an average of five fatalities occurred during the holiday period.

"It's time to start a trend," said Minnesota Safety Council President Paul Aasen. "Last year no one died on Minnesota roads over the Labor Day weekend. Let's make it two years in a row."

The Minnesota Safety Council recommends buckling up, keeping eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving.

"Pay attention, drop your speed, put down your phone and if you are in no condition to drive because of drugs, alcohol or other impairments, please don't get behind the wheel," Aasen said. "Everyone deserves to end the summer happy, healthy and alive."

The aftermath of a crash affects families, workplaces and communities, and the emotional and physical damage can last for years. Traffic crashes are a leading cause of hospital and emergency department treatment, traumatic brain injury and injury death in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety estimates the cost of traffic crashes in 2014 at more than $1.6 billion. Find traffic safety resources and programs for the workplace and community at www.minnesotasafetycouncil.org/traffic.

The Minnesota Safety Council, a private, not-for-profit organization, has been a leader in preventing unintentional injuries on our roads, in the workplace and at home since 1928.


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