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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Tyler Tribute - Page 7 Submitted photo Russell-Tyler-Ruthton seventh grade Civics students are pictured above visiting the Lyon County Commissioners room. Submitted photo Above left: The RTR 7th grade Civics class, taught by Jackie Hess, paid a visit to the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center in Marshall last week. Above right: Seventh grade Civics students got an up-close look at the Lyon County 911 call center. in Question: I know that Minnesota has made a lot of progress for traffic safe- ty and less people are dy- ing on our roads but what are other states doing? Answer: The first time in nearly a decade, pre- liminary data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in mo- tor vehicle crashes in 2016 across the United States. That's a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14percent increase over 2014 - the most dramatic two-year increase in 53 years. An estimated 4.6 million roadway users were in- jured seriously enough to require medical attention, a 7 percent increase over 2015. This means 2016 may have been the deadli- est year on the roads since 2007 across the country. However, here in Min- nesota the numbers are encouraging. Preliminary reports from the Depart- ment of Public Safety Of- fice of Traffic Safety show 392 people died in traffic crashes in 2016, compared with 411 in 2015. Several states have their own traffic safety initia- tives and programs. Many of them are a part of the FIND US ON progress a concern Ask a Trooper Sgt. Troy Christianson ] Minn. State Patrol National Highway Traf- fic Safety Administration (NHTSA) programs (such as click it or ticket, bike to school day, work zone awareness week, etc.) Minnesota is involved in the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. The TZD approach is based on the belief that even one traffic- related death on our roads is unacceptable. This "zero deaths" idea was first ad- opted in Sweden in 1997 as "Vision Zero" and since then has evolved to sev- eral state Department of Transportation (DOTs), including Minnesota, that have identified zero deaths as a core objective in their Strategic Highway Safety Plans. TZD uses a data-driven, interdisciplinary approach that applies education, en- forcement, engineering, and emergency medical and trauma services to fo- cus on the issue. While progress has been made in Minnesota, there are still too many people being injured or killed along our roads. There are still too way too many driving and failing to take responsibility for their ac- tions when they get behind the wheel and it's costing people their lives. Alco- hol, speed, distractions and lack of seat belt use remain the top factors in a majority of these crash- es. We need to constantly remember what a big re- sponsibility driving truly is and focus 100 percent of the time on the road and drive like our lives depend on it. You can avoid a ticket -- and a crash -- if you sim- ply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths. If you have any ques- tions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your ques- tions to Sgt. Troy Chris- tianson - Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901- 5848. (Or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state. mn.us) Foundation failure? Residential Commercial Agricultural Free Estimates! Call Today WATERWORKS 1-800-795-1204 800 doctors Avera Medical Group invests in the most highly trained and experienced physicians in the area to make us a leading health care innovator in the Midwest. and advanced practice providers with more than 60 World-class programs for cardiovascular care, women's health, behavioral health and cancer care The largest orthopedic physician team in the region The only fellowship-trained maternal fetal medicine geneticists in the region An array of board-certified physicians who are experts in their specialties The region's only liver and transplant program il Teams of highly trained doctors, that's Avera. Find a doctor at Avera.org L e better. L e balanced. Avera. specialties 17-AVHE-7672