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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

TZD Safe Roads

Safe Roads Grant Program

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), is seeking proposals from county coalitions to provide traffic safety education and outreach to local communities. The Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads Grant funding will provide resources to combat the largest traffic safety problems facing local communities in a partnership with law enforcement, engineering, emergency medical services, and education. Applicants must provide county-wide grant services and have at least one local law enforcement agency participating in the 2021 Enforcement Grant program.
The grant cycle will run from Oct. 1, 2020 –Sept. 30, 2021. Applicants must read the 2021 Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads Grant Request for Proposal (RFP). All 2021 Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads grant applications must be submitted through the Department of Public Safety’s E-Grants System beginning Tuesday, June 23 and by no later than 4:30 PM, Monday, August 3, 2020. New E-grant users must apply for a username and password by clicking on the New User link. You will be given access by an administrator at DPS within a few business days. Questions on this RFP must be addressed to Gordy Pehrson no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020. 

TZD Safe Roads Coalition Fatality Review Committee

Each TZD Safe Roads Coalition must establish a Fatality Review Committee (FRC) to review every fatal crash in their area. The purpose of the FRC is to identify trends that contributed to the crashes and the resulting fatalities. The FRC will identify how the fatal crashes could have been avoided and identify what actions may be taken to prevent similar types of crashes.

Countermeasures that Work

The TZD Safe Roads program focuses on connecting crash data and statewide enforcement and education efforts with local collaborations and activities. It also makes greater use of research and evaluation studies that point to the activities and best practices for the greatest impact in reducing traffic deaths and serious crashes.

Regional Involvement

The Regional Toward Zero Deaths initiative aims to create a comprehensive approach to reduce traffic deaths and severe injuries in Minnesota on the local level. Agencies involved in the effort include community law enforcement, engineers, educators, emergency medical services, local policy makers and other traffic safety advocates.

Safe Ride Home Guide

Partners are encouraged to use this step-by-step guide to start a safe ride service in their community. Information for program organizers, as well as key questions to consider, have been culled from research and other successful programs and organized into an easy-to-use format.​​