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The 2017 meeting, Highway Safety in a New Era, took place at the Marriott Downtown Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky from September 16-20. A full agenda for the Meeting is below.

A PDF of the event program is available here.

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Saturday, September 16

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — GHSA Executive Board Meeting
Filly/Thoroughbred

(Board Members Only)

Luncheon sponsored by Auto Alliance and Kentucky Distillers' Association

Sunday, September 17

*Meetings on Sunday are for GHSA State Highway Safety Office Members only.

Exhibit Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Move In/Set Up) | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Open)


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Registration
Prefunction


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. — New Member Orientation*
Kentucky Ballroom F-G (First Level)

Sponsored by Alliance Highway Safety

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Regional Meetings*

  • Region 1 – Marriott Ballroom 7
  • Region 2 – Marriott Ballroom 8
  • Region 3 – Marriott Ballroom 9
  • Region 4 – Marriott Ballroom 10
  • Region 5 – Filly
  • Region 6 – Thoroughbred
  • Region 7 – Win (First Level)
  • Region 8 – Place (First Level)
  • Region 9 – Grandstand
  • Region 10 – Show (First Level)

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. — GHSA Business Meeting*
Marriott Ballroom 6

Luncheon Sponsored by AAA

Afternoon Break sponsored by Mercer Consulting Group and Pam Fischer Consulting

Monday, September 18

Exhibit Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | 1:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
 

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Registration
Prefunction


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Marriott Ballroom 1-5

Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — Opening General Session
Marriott Ballroom 6-10

Opening Ceremonies

  • Presentation of the Colors – The Louisville Metro Police Honor Guard Unit
  • Pledge of Allegience

Welcome

  • Dr. Noelle Hunter, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety
  • Jana Simpler, GHSA Chair and Director, Delaware Office of Highway Safety

Keynote Speaker

Secretary Elaine L. ChaoU.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the country's top transportation official. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao will kick off the 2017 Annual Meeting's General Session in her home state of Kentucky with a Keynote Address on the Administration's traffic safety policies and priorities.

 

Speaker

MedfordRon Medford, Director of Safety, Waymo
Safety is at the heart of self-driving technology company Waymo’s mission. The company's Director of Safety Ron Medford will provide the latest intelligence on the ever-changing autonomous vehicle (AV) industry and predict what we can expect as the definition of “driver” shifts from human to machine.

 

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. — Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
Marriott Ballroom 1-5

Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Workshop 1: Identification of Factors Contributing to Fatality Fluctuations
Bluegrass

This session is based on the NCHRP 17-67 Study entitled Identification of Factors Contributing to the Decline of Traffic Fatalities in the U.S. 2007-2012. While still under final review, the results of the study are being utilized to correlate the factors contributing to recent increases in fatalities across the U.S. Factors including economic recession periods, changes in household income and gas prices will be explored.

Moderator

  • Michael Prince, Director, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning

Panelists

  • Daniel Blower, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
  • Robert Wunderlich, Center Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Terry Shelton, Acting Executive Director, NHTSA

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Marijuana Use: No Longer Down In the Weeds
Filly/Thoroughbred

We will discuss how increased recreational, medical and decriminalized marijuana affect all states. In the workshop's first 30 minutes, five experts will give brief overviews of issues raised for law enforcement, toxicologists, prosecutors, judges, and State Highway Safety Offices. During the next hour these experts will answer your questions.

Moderator

  • Debra Hollis, Highway Safety Manager, Arkansas Highway Safety Office

Panelists

  • James Hedlund, Principal, Highway Safety North
  • Chuck Hayes, DEC Program Project Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Amy Miles, Forensic Toxicology Section Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Cathy Rossi, Vice-President, Public & Government Affairs, AAA Club Alliance
  • Courtney Popp, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Workshop 3: Mission Accepted: Safer Teen Driving
Kentucky Ballroom F-G (First Level)

Teen drivers have been a perennial trouble spot for highway safety in the United States. Today there are multiple resources available but what really makes a difference? Join us for a robust conversation with GHSA Associate Member Michelin as they share “Beyond the Driving Test”, and hear about the national efforts of a Driver Education coalition covering national guidelines on on-line delivery of training. In addition, four states will share how they have tackled improving Driver Education in their jurisdictions. You will walk away with items to consider implementing in your state or community.

Moderator

  • Troy Costales, Governor's Representative and Administrator, Oregon Transportation Safety Division

Panelists

  • Eric Bruner, Director of External Communications, Michelin North America
  • William Van Tassel, Manager, Driver Training Operations, AAA and Member, Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. — General Session & Welcome Luncheon
Marriott Ballroom 6-10

Sponsored by Ford Driving Skills for Life

Welcome

  • Dr. Noelle Hunter, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety
  • Chuck DeWeese, GHSA Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair and Assistant Commissioner, New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Sponsor Remarks and Speaker Introduction

  • Jim Graham, Global Program Manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life

Speaker

Wallenda

Nik Wallenda, Motivational Speaker and Multiple Guinness World Record-Holding High Wire Acrobat
Presented through the support of the Ford Motor Company Fund, this “King of the High Wire” will motivate you to reach for the skies as he shares his inspiring stories of his walks and life. Wallenda is living proof that no obstacle is too great to overcome in pursuit of one’s dreams.

 

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. — Workshop 4: The FAST Act: Two Years Later – Lessons Learned
Bluegrass

A panel of experts from highway safety offices across the country will address all your questions about implementation of the FAST Act – from best practices to HSP preparation and from indirect costs to the automated enforcement survey. Come prepared to ask your questions and be ready to walk out with some new ideas on furthering highway safety in the era of the FAST Act.

Moderator

  • Jana Simpler, Director, Delaware Office of Highway Safety

Panelists

  • Chris Bortz, Trffic Safety Manager, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Tom Gianni, Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
  • Priscilla Tobias, Director – Office of Program Development, Assistant Chief Engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Michael Sandoval, Executive Manager, Modal Divisions, New Mexico Department of Transportation

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. — Workshop 5: Protecting Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Filly/Thoroughbred

The numbers speak loudly – fatalities among the most vulnerable road users are rising at alarming rates. We will explore what states and cities are doing to drive positive change, protecting those who walk and bike. Panelists will discuss the latest data, best practices, and examples of success from around the nation.

Moderator

  • Lora Hollingsworth, Chief Safety Officer, Florida Department of Transportation

Panelists

  • Trenda McPherson, State Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Pam Fischer, Principal, Pam Fischer Consulting
  • Rolf Eisinger, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, Louisville Metro Government
  • Danielle Blackshear, Florida Districts 1 and 3 Transportation Planning Specialist, Federal Highway Administration
  • Angela Kristiansen, Senior Traffic Engineer, Boston Transportation Department

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. — Workshop 6: Tribal Traffic Safety
Kentucky Ballroom F-G (First Level)

Do you work with tribal governments and consumers? Join us as we provide insights into the role of segmentation and the value of informed, respectful, and results-oriented messaging within a targeted traffic safety campaign. Examples of best practices will be provided, including funding opportunities and communication strategies. We will also provide a forum to discuss concerns and strategies to reduce fatalities and serious injuries.

Moderator

  • Audrey Allums, Grants Bureau Chief, Montana Department of Transportation

Panelists

  • Lee Axdahl, Director, South Dakota Office of Highway Safety
  • Lawrence Robertson, Program Director, Indian Highway Safety Program – Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Scott Waller, Project Manager, Washington Traffic Safety Commission
  • Laura Sonderup, Managing Director, Heinrich Marketing, Inc.

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. — Afternoon Break in Exhibit Hall
Marriott Ballroom 1-5

Sponsored by Property Casualty Insurers of America

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. — Workshop 7: The Foundation for the Future: NHTSA's Grants Management Solutions Suite
Bluegrass

A new era is upon us – NHTSA’s Grants Management Solutions Suite (GMSS) will be the foundation for planning and fiscal management for NHTSA’s state highway safety grants. NHTSA will provide an overview of the project, discuss milestones, conduct a live system demo, and discuss the attributes and benefits of the new system. Bring your questions and comments.

Moderator

  • Terry Pence, Traffic Safety Director, Texas Department of Transportation

Panelists

  • Amy Schick, Highway Safety Specialist, NHTSA
  • Rod Chu, Regional Program Manager, Region 3, NHTSA

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. — Workshop 8: Oral Fluid Testing adn Impaired Driving – Something to Drool About
Filly/Thoroughbred

Learn about the latest research in oral fluid testing for drug-impaired driving. Panelists will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of different forms of drug concentration assessment and walk participants through the methods and findings of recent research studies. With representatives from toxicology, law enforcement, and states, this workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the state of oral fluid testing.

Moderator

  • Carol Gould, Highway Safety Manager, Colorado Office of Transportation Safety

Panelists

  • Amy Miles, Forensic Toxicology Section Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Major Steve Garcia, Colorado State Patrol
  • Gary Herman, Assistant Traffic Safety Program Manager, Kansas Department of Transportation

Evening on your own

Check out our list of restaurants and places to explore during your downtime!

Tuesday, September 19

Exhibit Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Open) | 2:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Tear Down/Move Out)


7:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. — Registration
Prefunction


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Marriott Ballroom 1-5

Sponsored by Together for Safer Roads

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — General Session: New Challenges and Solutions
Marriott Ballroom 6-10

The past two years have seen alarming increases in the number of people killed on our roads. While alcohol use,
excessive speed and lack of seat belt use are still key contributing factors, distracted, drowsy and drugged driving are growing problems. Join key organizational partners, including the National Governors Association, National Safety Council, and others to consider how we can positively impact behavior to improve safety for all road users.

Moderator

  • Darrin Grondel, GHSA Secretary and Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

Speakers

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. — Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
Marriott Ballroom 1-5

Sponsored by Conduent, Inc.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. — Workshop 9: Speed and Red Light Cameras: Automated Enforcement in the New Era
Grandstand

Join us for a review of contemporary automated enforcement programs, including how to secure authorizing legislation, design safety-oriented programs, and account for public concerns and acceptance. Representatives from the State of Delaware and Portland, Oregon will present on showcase enforcement programs. Finally, learn about the insurance implications and interest in automated enforcement and increasing engagement in traffic safety policy. 

Moderator

  • Russ Martin, Director of Government Relations, GHSA

Panelists

  • Melissa Wandall, President, National Coalition for Safer Roads
  • Adam Weiser, Safety Programs Manager, Delaware Department of Transportation
  • Sgt. Erin Smith, Portland Police Bureau
  • Robert Passmore, Assistant Vice President, Personal Lines Policy, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. — Workshop 10: Re-Engaging Law Enforcement: From Rank and File to Executive Leadership
Kentucky Ballroom F-G (First Level)

Traffic citations are down significantly in each of our states and the reasons are many and even debatable; however, with high visibility enforcement as the cornerstone of our programs and with fatalities on the rise, the time is now to address this growing problem. You will hear from two well-respected local law enforcement leaders who will offer suggestions on how we can reverse this trend and from leadership from NHTSA who will share some of the solutions being implemented currently. Most importantly, we want to hear from you. This session is designed to be an opportunity for open and honest dialogue.

Moderator

  • Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner, New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee

Panelists

  • John Whetsel, Retired Sheriff, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
  • Robert Ticer, Chief of Police, Loveland, Colorado Police Department
  • John Marshall, Director, Office of Safety Programs, NHTSA
  • Michael Geraci, Regional Administrator, Region 2, NHTSA
  • Darrin Grondel, Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. — Workshop 11: Next Level Ignition Interlock: Is it Time to Upgrade Your Program?
Filly/Thoroughbred

In a roundtable forum, a panel of nationally recognized interlock experts will address strategies and best practices to strengthen ignition interlock program administration and implementation. The discussion will include challenges in data management, protecting the integrity of the program, funding, education and collaboration with stakeholders, and using policy and technology to improve systems.

Moderator

  • Victoria Hauan, Impaired Driving Program Manager, Nevada Office of Traffic Safety

Panelists

  • Toby Taylor, Vice President, Regulatory Compliance, Smart Start Inc.
  • Kevin Behrens, Vice President, Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators, and Director, Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug Influence
  • Robyn Robertson, President & CEO, Traffic Injury Research Foundation
  • Christopher Morris, Special Programs Coordinator, Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. — Highway Safety Awards Presentation and Luncheon
Marriott Ballroom 6-10

Sponsored by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.

Master of Ceremonies

  • Harris Blackwood, GHSA Vice Chair and Director, Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Sponsor Remarks

  • Brandy Nannini, Vice President of Government Relations and Traffic Safety, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
  • Michelle Anderson, Director of Operations, The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.

Presentation of Awards

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Workshop 12: Teen Driver Safety: Mobility, Policy, and Industry Trends
Grandstand

Even as teen drivers present persistent safety risks, each generation of teens differs from the last in how they value mobility. Are teens really abandoning driving? We have invited a researcher from UCLA to present new research on teen travel trends and their safety implications. An IIHS scientist will summarize a new review of the current status of graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws and the state of teen driver safety research. Finally, we will hear from Ford on how car companies are helping to prevent teen driver crashes, both today and as we steer into an autonomous future. 

Moderator

  • Russ Martin, Director of Government Relations, GHSA

Panelists

  • Tom Artushin, Safety and Strategy Communications Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor of Urban Planning, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Rebecca Weast, Research Scientist, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Workshop 13: Best Practices for Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Programs
Filly/Thoroughbred

We will focus on the best practices for state Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) programs. NHTSA and IACP will provide an overview of the goals and objectives of the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program and what is and is not working around the country. Panelists will consist of DRE Coordinators and Governor’s Representatives to provide an overview and open dialogue on the successes and challenges of different DRE programs. Drugged driving is on the rise nationwide, which is contributing to increased traffic fatalities. This session will provide critical insight for GRs who manage or fund a DRE program. The objective of this session is to assist SHSOs in building and maintaining a strong DRE program and discuss some of the best practices used by the strong DEC states to help save lives.

Moderator

  • Darrin Grondel, Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

Panelists

  • Chuck Hayes, DEC Program Project Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Bill O’Leary, Highway Safety Specialist, NHTSA
  • Tom Gianni, Chief, Maryland Office of Highway Safety, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
  • Felice Moretti, Program Administrator, Ohio Traffic Safety Office
  • Sergeant Evan Sether, DEC Program State Coordinator, Oregon State Police

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Workshop 14: Drowsy Driving: More Common than You Think, More Deadly than You Know!
Kentucky Ballroom F-G (First Level)

Although almost everyone agrees that drowsy driving is a major safety issue, few states have implemented aggressive strategies to address this topic. We will share some innovative approaches to combating drowsy driving and will explore what current trends and research are telling us about this deadly traffic safety issue. Panelists will also discuss the requirements for states to apply for state drowsy driving grants offered through GHSA's partnership with The National Road Safety Foundation. While there is no single solution to ending drowsy driving, you will learn that through marketing, education and enforcement your state can impact drowsy driving crashes.

Moderator

  • Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief, Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau

Panelists

  • Trooper Robert Conrad, Iowa State Patrol
  • Pam Fischer, Principal, Pam Fischer Consulting
  • Michelle Anderson, Director of Operations, The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. — Taste of the State Reception
Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs

Sponsored by Uber

  • Heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
  • Live Entertainment: Hog Operation
  • Historic walking tours of Churchill Downs
  • Numerous photo opportunities
  • Resident Thoroughbred (first hour only)

Bus service provided. Buses begin loading at the Marriott at 6:00 p.m. and begin return trips to the hotel at 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. — Continental Breakfast
Prefunction


8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — General Session: Autonomous Vehicle Roundtable
Marriott Ballrom 6-10

This informal roundtable brings together thought leaders from the auto, ride-sharing and engineering fields to consider the many safety implications – both positive and negative – that varying levels of autonomous vehicles will bring, particularly when they are sharing the road with traditional drivers. Come with questions!

Moderator

  • Chuck DeWeese, GHSA Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair and Assistant Commissioner, New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee

Panelists

  • Malcom Glenn, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Uber
  • Ed Bradley, Manager, Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.
  • James Hedlund, Principal, Highway Safety North
  • John Leonard, Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. — Workshop 15: Strategic Communication
Bluegrass

Join experts from government, media and the private sector to learn their communication tips on program implementation, engaging earned media, reaching millennials, keeping highway safety at the forefront throughout the year, best practices and lessons learned. This will be an informal roundtable session to discuss these and other challenging questions in this new era.

Moderator

  • Joe Cristalli, Transportation Principal Safety Program Coordinator, Connecticut Highway Safety Office

Panelists

  • Erin Eggen, Grants Administrator, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety
  • Sam Cole, Communications Manager, Traffic Safety, Colorado Office of Transportation Safety
  • Russ Rader, Senior Vice President, Communications, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Susan McMeen, Director, Office of Consumer Information, NHTSA
  • Kara Macek, Senior Director of Communications and Programs, GHSA

Respondent

  • Gloria Borger, Chief Political Analyst, CNN

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. — Workshop 16: Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences
Filly/Thoroughbred

Many lawmakers and other legislative proponents will often convert great ideas into binding statute. But, there is sometimes a steep price to pay for wonderful ideas. You will hear from two states willing to share their unintended consequences for seemingly harmless legislative actions. Do you have a story to share?

Moderator

  • Lee Axdahl, Director, South Dakota Office of Highway Safety

Panelists

  • Senator Deb Peters, President, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Jenna Howell, Staff Attorney, South Dakota Office of Highway Safety
  • Audrey Allums, Grants Bureau Chief, Montana Department of Transportation

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. — Workshop 17: Distracted Driving Prevention Efforts
Kentucky Ballroom F-G (First Level)

We know that distracted driving is a pervasive problem on America’s roadways, but states and communities are still struggling to understand the full scope of the issue to inform our collective efforts to curb this dangerous driver behavior. Learn how the technology industry is responding, consider the latest research, and hear about a new tools to help reduce the risk for law enforcement officers or other first responders.

Moderator

  • Felice Moretti, Program Administrator, Ohio Traffic Safety Office

Panelists

  • Jackie McCarthy, Assistant Vice President - Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
  • Michael Henderson, Senior Marketing Manager, AT&T
  • Linda Hill, Professor, DFMPH and Director, Preventative Medicine Residency, University of California, San Diego
  • Jake Nelson, Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research, AAA

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. — General Session and Closing Luncheon
Marriott Ballroom 6-10

BorgerSponsored by Michelin North America, Inc.

As the Annual Meeting considers Highway Safety in a New Era, CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger will close out the meeting by addressing the new political climate in Washington, D.C, as well as navigating the current media landscape and helping highway safety messages cut through the digital clutter.

 

Moderator

  • Lee Axdahl, GHSA Treasurer and Director, South Dakota Office of Highway Safety

Speaker

Looking Toward Atlanta

  • Harris Blackwood, Director, Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

2:00 p.m. — Adjourn