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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Bruce Gordon  651-201-7171
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 08, 2014
No Fatalities in Minnesota During Challenge
Law enforcement in 15 states participated in enhanced traffic enforcement Aug. 1-4
ST. PAUL, Minn. — No fatalities were reported in Minnesota on either of the two targeted Interstates during the I-90/94 Challenge, a coast-to-coast enhanced

enforcement effort during the first weekend of August. 
 
The Minnesota State Patrol and law enforcement officials in 14 other states joined together with a goal of zero deaths on Interstates 94 and 90 between Washington state and New York Aug. 1-4. That’s more than 5,600 miles of road. 
 
The Minnesota State Patrol investigated 84 crashes on I90 and I94 during the four-day period and issued 6,360 warnings and citations.
 
In addition, the Patrol investigated seven crashes involving commercial vehicles and issued 1,459 warnings and citations to commercial vehicle operators.
Thirteen of the 15 states did not report a fatality on the two interstates; Montana and Ohio each reported one fatality.
  • A single-vehicle crash on I90 near Missoula, Montana left one person dead and nine people injured when an SUV rolled over. Most of the occupants were not wearing their seatbelts, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
  • A woman died in a crash on I-90 near Westlake, Ohio when her vehicle ran off the Interstate into a ditch and caught fire around.
Law enforcement agencies in 14 of the 15 states reported that:
  • 427 crashes were investigated.
  • 21,214 warnings and citations were issued.
  • 3,776 warnings and citations were issued to commercial vehicle operators and 1,690 commercial vehicle inspections were conducted.
From Aug. 1-4 over the past three years, I-90/94 averages 524 total crashes and three fatalities.
 
“A concentrated enforcement effort on thousands of miles of Interstate roadways was only one aspect of the I-90/94 Challenge,” said Lt. Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. “Many motorists accepted the challenge and joined us in making I90 and 94 safer by slowing down, wearing their seat belts, driving sober, and paying attention behind the wheel.”
 
The I-90/94 Challenge was initiated by the Minnesota State Patrol in response to the International Association of Chiefs of Police goal to reduce traffic fatalities this year in the United States by 15 percent. 
 
The 15 states participating in the challenge were: 
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
  • North Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Washington
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
 
About the Minnesota State Patrol
More than 500 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are the foundation of the agency that works to provide a safe environment on Minnesota’s roads by assisting motorists, taking enforcement action, and educating drivers about traffic safety issues. In addition to road safety activities, troopers conduct flight patrols, search and rescue missions, and assist other law enforcement agencies.
 
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