ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 22, 2014) — Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesotans under the age of 35. Approximately 95 percent of all crashes are related to driver error or inattention and half of the people killed on Minnesota’s roads each year are not buckled up. With summer coming and more people being on the roads, it is important to know how to keep yourself and others safe.
To provide information and resources on driving safety, ECHO (Emergency, Community, Health, and Outreach), in partnership with AAA, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, Minnesota Safety Council, and Iowa-Illinois Safety Council, have created three multilingual television programs. These programs are designed to educate and address the issues of distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, seatbelts, and child safety seats.
Stay Focused: Don’t Drive Distracted, Dangers of Impaired Driving and Speeding, and Stay Safe with Seat Belts and Safety Seats will broadcast in four languages (Basic English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali) to help inform the diverse communities in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota areas. The programs will premiere Monday, April 28 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Monday, May 5 at 9 p.m. on tpt’s Minnesota Channel 2-2 (Comcast 202 or 243 and Charter 396, depending on location), on public stations across Minnesota, and online at www.echominnesota.org/aaa.
ECHO and the AAA will also be distributing free DVDs of this program to the community. Community members and service providers can request a DVD by emailing [email protected] For more information on broadcast times or program information, please visit www.echominnesota.org.