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MnDOT engineer receives Toward Zero Deaths award at state conference in Duluth

 


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lou Tasa, Minnesota Department of Transportation, received the Engineering Star Award at the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths conference Nov. 16-17 in Duluth for his efforts to improve road and safety conditions.

Star awards recognize individuals or organizations in Minnesota who show excellence in TZD’s emphasis areas of enforcement, emergency medical and trauma services, education, engineering child passenger safety and judicial/court systems. Recipients have shown leadership and commitment in efforts to improve traffic safety throughout the state and build partnerships with others in the field.

Tasa is an assistant district and state aid engineer in MnDOT’s Bemidji office. He formed collaborative working relationships with counties in the area and helped form the bridge between TZD and county board efforts.

“The local county engineers are the ones who make time for TZD discussions at their county board meetings, who deliver all the safety projects and are serious about improving safety for everyone,” said Tasa.

The TZD program is an interdisciplinary partnership with the state departments of health, transportation and public safety. This collaboration began 13 years ago and has worked to reduce roadway fatalities by more than 60 percent.

More than 1,000 traffic safety professionals attended this year’s TZD conference.

Learn more about TZD, including a full list of award recipients, at http://www.minnesotatzd.org.

 

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