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Passenger Safety Coalition reviews area fatal crash reports

Passenger Safety Coalition reviews area fatal crash reports

The Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition determined that excessive speed and non-use of the seat belt were factors in fatal crashes.

The coalition periodically reviews reports from fatal crashes to gather information that might help to determine if any specific action can or should be taken to make area roads safer. Some of the past reviews have resulted in specific enforcement projects for area officers, while some reviews involved follow up actions by road authorities or special education efforts. Fatal reviews have been conducted by the coalition since about 2004, even before the grant requirements have been requiring them under the umbrella of the Towards Zero Deaths program in Minnesota.

Forthcoming reports also will assist to determine if alcohol was also a contributing factor.

The coalition was a major player in the effort to get the county removed from the 13 Deadliest County list for alcohol related traffic deaths.

Members of the coalition who make up the fatal review committee recently reviewed an area fatality. The committee looked at road conditions at the time of crash, whether seat belts were worn or not, whether the air bags were deployed, whether driver’s were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash, or if there were any other extenuating circumstances or conditions, which may have been contributing factors in the crash.

For more information about the Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition call Myra at (218) 330-8155 or go to the website at

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