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Hands-Free Law a focus of statewide conference

Every year, the TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) Conference is held to discuss ways of reducing deadly and life-altering crashes on Minnesota roads.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Zero deaths on Minnesota roads. That's the goal of Minnesota's TZD initiative. Every year, a conference is held to address this goal and cut down on the number of deadly crashes in the state. This year's conference is Wednesday and Thursday in St. Cloud.

Among those attending are educators and law enforcement, who will talk about ways to reduce crashes through education, engineering and enforcement.

So far this year, 296 people have died on Minnesota roads, according to the Department of Public Safety. At this same time last year 302 people were killed. The total number of deaths on Minnesota roads in 2018 was 381.

There will also be a celebration of the passage of Minnesota's Hands-Free Law. Family members of those killed by distracted drivers will also attend and share their stories.

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