Welcome to SMRTAC!

We encourage collaboration between all caring for the members of our community downloadaffected by trauma, from the pre-injury to rehabilitation phase.  While prevention is best, we recognize that morbidity and mortality are both decreased when trauma programs are implemented efficiently and executed well. This regional trauma advisory committee includes members responsible for pre-hospital to critical access care and finally definitive care.  Since the Minnesota Commissioner of Health approval in 2009, we have grown and developed several practice management guidelines, educational opportunities, and initiated the first “train the trainers” for the Stop the Bleed program in Minnesota.  Until we truly reach “Toward Zero Deaths” in Minnesota, we will continue to advocate for excellent care of the trauma patient.  Please join us at our next meeting or contact us for more information!

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Minnesota Preliminary Fatality Totals 2020

2020 Proved to be a Challenging Year on Minnesota Roads, First Fatality of 2021 Reported January 4, 2021

First Fatality of 2021

  • The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the first fatal crash of 2021 that took place this morning at Highway 7 and Baycliffe Road in Victoria. More information will be posted at https://app.dps.mn.gov/MSPMedia2/

Drive Smart and Take Driving Seriously in 2021

  • Preliminary reports show there were 394 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2020, compared with 364 in 2019.

Recent Fatalities Include:

  • A 49-year-old male passenger died in St. Paul when the driver ran off the city street while speeding and hit a tree. Alcohol is suspected in the crash.
  • A 33-year-old man was killed in Benton County. The man left his car after crashing into a row of trees. He walked across the divided highway and was hit by a vehicle. The pedestrian is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.
  • A 42-year-old man driving on a snow and ice covered Interstate in Blue Earth County died when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled multiple times. The driver was not wearing seatbelts.

Preventable Deaths
Preliminary numbers show that of the 394 deaths in 2020:

  • At least 30 are known to be distraction-related, compared with 27 in 2019.
  • 118 were speed-related, compared with 72 in 2019.
  • At least 109 were alcohol-related, compared with 111 in 2019.
  • 102 were not wearing their seat belts, compared with 73 in 2019.
  • 64 were motorcyclists, compared with 44 in 2019. 
  • 10 were bicyclists, compared with 10 in 2019.
  • 45 were pedestrians, compared with 50 in 2019.
  • 284 were males (72 percent) and 110 were females (28 percent).

Frightening Speeds Lead to Increased Citations

  • The Minnesota State Patrol saw an alarming increase in the number of drivers going 100 mph or more in 2020.
  • Troopers wrote 501 more citations to drivers in 2020 traveling more than 100 mph than they did in 2019. That’s a 94 percent increase.
  • The top speed was 153 mph for a citation written in October of 2020.

Next Scheduled SMRTAC Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
1-3 pm

On-line TOPIC Course – partial Scholarship opportunity
Click link for more information
E-mail SMRTAC if interested: admin@smrtac.org 

Upcoming Meetings:
2021 SMRTAC Dates:

    • 2/9/2021
    • 5/11/2021
    • 10/12/2021
    • 12/14/2021

2021 STAC Dates:

    • 3/2/2021
    • 6/8/2021
    • 9/14/2021
    • 12/7/2021

Host or Sign-up for a Stop The Bleed Course

Stop-the-BleedThis class is for anyone to learn wound compression and tourniquet application.

For information on how to sponsor or attend a free Stop the Bleed course contact us at stopthebleed@smrtac.org.


Southern MN Regional Trauma Foundation (SMRTF) is designated as a non-profit organization!

The Internal Revenue Service has designated the Foundation as a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.