Minot residents voice opinion on state's traffic safety program

MINOT, N.D. - It's been five years since the North Dakota Department of Transportation updated their 'Vision Zero' strategy, and now they're looking for input from local leaders across the state.

Minot traffic officials and residents voiced their opinions on the area's traffic safety while also learning how changes from five years ago impact today's roads.

"We're in the process of updating our strategic highway safety plan, which will become our 'Vision Zero' plan, and that entails soliciting input from numerous stakeholders throughout the state," said Karin Mongeon, NDDOT Safety Division director.

Part of the goal of the 'Vision Zero' program is to educate residents on misconceptions about roadway safety, including the role of traffic lights.

"Traffic signals are a traffic control device. Traffic signals are not a safety device. What we find is that when we install traffic signals, that often times traffic crashes can actually increase," said Jane Berger, NDDOT programming engineer​.

The discussion comes at a time when some residents are pushing for installing a light at the Ruthville intersection, where two airmen have died in separate crashes in the past two years.

Workshops just like this one have already occurred in Fargo and Grand Forks, and they'll be looking for input from leaders in Bismarck on April 4, Dickinson on April 17, and Williston on April 18.