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mm mmwm VOL. 2, NO. 9 1246 University Ave., St. Paul 4, Minn. JULY, 1953 Traffic Deaths Show Sharp Increase TRAFFIC FATALITIES BY COUNTIES FIRST HALF 1953,COMPARED WITHSAME PERIOD 1952 FieuEE* IN COUNTIES <HOW DEATHS THKOUGH JUNE 30,|<5£>2> | Traffic death statistics always present a tragic picture, ana in 1953 that picture is getting worse. Traffic fatalities in Minnesota showed an increase of 23.3% in the first six months of this year over the same period in 1952. During the first half of 1953, 238 lives were lost in traffic accidents compared to 193 during the same 1952 period. This is still a reduction from the tragic year of 1951 when 254 lives were lost in traffic accidents in the first six months. This map showing traffic fatalities by counties is issued semiannually hi/ the Department to all interested publications. It compares the counties' records of the year with that of 1952, as indicated by the key. Undoubtedly a large portion of the increase in deaths occurred in the 42 counties showing an increase over last year. Those are the counties shown in black, with the number of deaths so far in 1953 shown below the county However, over half of those, 24, had no fatalities during the first six months of 1952. Twenty-nine counties are to be commended for showing fewer traffic deaths in 1953 than in 1952. Of these, eleven continued a trend indicated during 1952 when they had reduced their traffic fatality numbers from 1951. The counties having this particularly fine record are Marshall, Clay, Becker, Otter- tail, Cass, Benton, Carlton, Chisago, Washington, Fillmore and Brown. Governor Counsels Employes The very same qualities and characteristics that make for a good state department head may also be the things that label a good department employee! Governor C. Elmer Anderson, at a recent meeting of his statewide staff, outlined just such a code for the administrative heads of the various departments of state government, the administrators who together carry out the policies and functions of government in the service of the people of the state. Assuming that the same yardstick of personal traits that applies to departmental executives can be substantially applied to the employees under their direction, MINNESOTA HIGHWAYS believes that the entire personnel of the Highway Department will be interested in some highlights of the Governor's counsel and advice. The importance of good public relations, both on and off the job, was particularly stressed by the Governor. "There is no room (in this administration) for indifference to problems of the public, neglectful treatment or an arbitrary attitude in dealing with people. I know there are times when unreasonable, illogical and aggravating approaches are made to each of us . . . but we are operating the business of the public. Let us never forget that." He urged the cultivation of an earnest "desire to meet and treat the public in a most gentlemanly, most helpful, and unopinionated way possible." Despite the efforts of those counties, the largest proportion of increase was shown in the metropolitan counties of St. Louis, Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Winona, Olmsted and Stearns. Whereas the entire state showed an increase of 45, forty-two more persons were killed in traffic accidents during the reporting period than in the same first six months of 1952 in these seven counties. Loyalty is listed by the Governor as one of the first requisites of a good department head—and by the same token it becomes a prime requisite of a good employee within a department. Its importance applies all the way up through the ranks, from loyalty and good faith to one's immediate superior to active and inherent loyalty to the head of the department and to the chief executive of the state administration. One of the best manifestations of loyalty, the Governor pointed out, is faithful performance of duty —every job done in such a way that it will be to the credit of the entire department and the state of Minnesota. Another he listed is unselfish willingness to go beyond strict lines of responsibility in order to assist associates with their problems—lending the helping hand that is the mark of good teamwork. Other characteristics cited by Governor Anderson as elements of a good department head, and which can just as readily be applied in determining a good public employee, include: Resourcefulness in coping with unusual problems or unexpected and difficult situations. Ever-present awareness of the fact that a state employee is a public servant, paid with the taxpayers' money, to do a job which will result in the greatest possible public good with the lowest possible public expenditure. Governor, on page 4
VOL. 2, NO. 9
1246 University Ave., St. Paul 4, Minn.
Traffic Deaths Show Sharp Increase
TRAFFIC FATALITIES BY COUNTIES
FIRST HALF 1953,COMPARED WITHSAME PERIOD 1952
FieuEE* IN COUNTIES