Striving for zero traffic deaths

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ROCHESTER, MN — Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in Minnesotans ages two through 34. Safety officials want to get the number of people dying in accidents to zero.

Over eight months ago Megan and Matt Logan lost their daughter in a car accident. It was the first day of her senior year when D.J. Logan’s car ran into the back of a school bus, and despite rescue efforts she died shortly after.

“Speaking here is going to help the people, the EMS teams, the firefighters, the police officers get that personal connection and that can help them know that they’re doing a great job and a good service,” Matt Logan said.

They are here to tell over 150 people involved in traffic safety and law enforcement their story; the same story they are telling DJ’s peers about how she was texting and driving.

“We’re going to speak specifically about what we go to the school and speak to the kids about and give our presentation based off of that so they understand that we’re trying to help educate as well,” Matt said.

The Logans are the personal impact speakers at the Southeastern Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop. Other speakers are there talking about traffic accident statistics, new technology and safety.

“Just in the last five years, we’ve gone from standard eight airbags to now there’s vehicles out there with ten to eleven, I mean they’re moving that fast. A lot of this technology’s been around a long time, people just didn’t know about it, that or it’s getting perfected,” said Scott Miller, a child passenger safety technician with Collision Specialists in Austin.

Some of that technology that is getting perfected are things you may not even know your car has.

“Air bag sensors, to weight sensors to back up sensors, cameras, we have back up cameras, there’s now bird’s eye view cameras that show all the way around an entire vehicle,” Miller said.

But all of that technology that is out there could not save DJ’s life.

“Talking about the loss of our daughter is always extremely emotional and difficult, but it’s also part of the healing process, it helps to share our story. If we can save a life, that’s what she would want,” Megan Logan said.

The Logans say it is fun to talk to kids after they speak at their schools who say they will do a better job at being safer while driving and pledge not to text and drive. They say it really helps in their healing process.

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