Chisago County Board briefs

The following actions and discussion points were addressed at the Feb. 20 Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting:

Toward Zero Deaths

During the Feb. 20 Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting, board chairman Ben Montzka, Sheriff Rick Duncan and County Attorney Janet Reiter presented Frank Scherf, northeast Minnesota law enforcement liaison for the state Department of Public Safety—Office of Traffic Safety, with a certificate of appreciation for the work he and others in law enforcement have been doing as part of the Toward Zero Deaths campaign.  Photo by Derrick Knutson

During the Feb. 20 Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting, board chairman Ben Montzka, Sheriff Rick Duncan and County Attorney Janet Reiter presented Frank Scherf, northeast Minnesota law enforcement liaison for the state Department of Public Safety—Office of Traffic Safety, with a certificate of appreciation for the work he and others in law enforcement have been doing as part of the Toward Zero Deaths campaign.
Photo by Derrick Knutson

Frank Scherf, northeast Minnesota law enforcement liaison for the state Department of Public Safety—Office of Traffic Safety, addressed the board about how he and law enforcement across the state are working Toward Zero Deaths on Minnesota roadways.

He said the program used to be called “Safe and Sober,” but the name change was made about 10 years ago in order to more thoroughly encompass the road safety effort.

He said in 2003, 655 people died on Minnesota roads, which was an all-time high.

In 2012, that number dropped to 368, and the following year it was 380.

That’s the first time since 1944 there were below 400 fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes.

Scherf explained the Toward Zero Deaths initiative integrates the application of education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical and trauma services to aid in lowering the number of fatalities on state roadways.

Scherf said well-known factors like drunk driving contribute to many deaths, but what people might not realize is texting and driving is leading to numerous serious crashes and subsequent deaths.

“For teens, texting is the No. 1 reason for motor vehicle crashes,” he said.

Senior LinkAge line

County Commissioner Rick Greene noted during the meeting the Central Minnesota Council on Aging offers a Senior LinkAge Line (1-800-333-2433) to help seniors in a variety of ways.

Seniors can call the line to:

• Ask for help to evaluate which living arrangement would best suit their needs

• Connect to transportation, homemaker services, chore help, parish and block nurses, meals, grocery delivery, home modification experts, volunteer opportunities, employment resources, caregiver support and more

• Learn about Medicare and have questions answered about prescriptions and insurance.

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