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MN organization trying to crack down on fatal crashes

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In 2016, Minnesota saw nearly 400 fatal crashes across the state. 

In just the last two weeks alone, there were four fatal crashes here in the Northland.

This as an organization known as Toward Zero Deaths determines how to eliminate similar crashes.

Experts say the leading causes of death in Northeastern Minnesota include alcohol, distracted driving, and speeding.

Those factors have contributed to nearly 600 deaths in Northeastern Minnesota in last 5 years. 

At a workshop on Wednesday, participants talked about ways to cut down on impaired driving with increased use of ignition interlock systems, and brainstormed ways to increase seat belt use.

"Every time you get behind that wheel, you're in charge, and so you have to make sure that you remind yourself that you are on the path with somebody elses child, you're on the path with somebody elses mom. You should drive kind of like the golden rule, do unto others as you would do unto you, drive, drive with others as you'd want somebody to drive with you or your kids." Said Holly Kostrzewski Regional Coordinator for the TZD Northeastern MN chapter. 

Kostrzewski says, in a prefect world, they are hoping to achieve zero fatal crashes. 

While that will be a long road, she says TZD is trying to provide enough education and information to get that number down to 300 by 2020. 

The summer months can most often be the most deadly months - experts say the nicer weather and favorable driving conditions often lead to more distractions. 

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