, Associate Director, Center for Transportation Studies
The safety and saving people's lives using Minnesota's transportation systems is a major focus of the Minnesota Departments of Transportation (MnDOT) and Public Safety, US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA,) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)), Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), and numerous private sector foundations and associations. In January 2002, a Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Program Team was formed to coordinate and focus traffic safety initiatives in Minnesota. Representatives from MnDOT, the Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety and the Minnesota State Patrol, FHWA, NHTSA, county engineers, CTS, and community coalitions are members of this program team. At the request of MnDOT and the Office of Traffic Safety, CTS provides ongoing administrative support, coordination, and outreach activities for the TZD Program Team.