MDOT Joins National Zero Deaths Initiative (RESOURCES ATTACHED)

> JACKSON, Miss – In an effort to drive down the number of deaths on roadways in the state, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has adopted the Towards Zero Deaths vision as a part of its highway safety plan.
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> Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a national strategy on highway safety to bring Mississippians together towards a common vision. That vision is a highway system free of fatalities through a sustained decline in transportation-related deaths and injuries.
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> “The safety of the traveling public is the number one priority for MDOT,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “Embracing this vision will help reduce deaths on Mississippi’s highways. Zero deaths on highways should be the goal for all Mississippians.”
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> TZD provides a platform of consistency for state agencies, private industry, national organizations and others to develop safety plans that prioritize traffic safety culture and promote a common vision. Strategies to further this vision involve: increasing seatbelt use by drivers and passengers, reducing speeding-related fatalities, reducing impaired driving fatalities, reducing driver distraction-related fatalities and increasing the safety of young and older drivers.
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> In 2014, 607 people died on Mississippi’s roadways with 34 percent of those deaths involving alcohol. That same year, 32,719 people were killed on American highways. MDOT offers these tips for the public to help in the vision of bringing Mississippi’s traffic fatalities towards zero:
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> · Avoid distractions
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> · Put down the phone
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> · Wear your seatbelt
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> · Find a designated driver
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> · Don’t speed
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> · Use caution in work zones
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> · Watch out for cyclists and pedestrians
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> Adoption of the TZD vision is a highlight during MDOT’s celebration of 100 years. To learn more about the TZD vision, visit GoMDOT.com/TZD.
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> RESOURCES
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> 1) Video: http://ow.ly/YHQxK
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> 2) Traffic Statistic Images: http://ow.ly/YHRWk
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