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2011 Annual Meeting
Shifting Gears: Driving Culture Change
in Highway Safety

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 25 - 28

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Sunday, September 25
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MR Self Assessment and Related Issues Training
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Chris Murphy, Governor's Representative and Director, California Office of Traffic Safety, Elk Grove, Calif.
Chris Murphy
Governor's Representative and Director
California Office of Traffic Safety
Elk Grove, Calif.
Betty Mercer, Principal, Mercer Consulting Group LLC, East Lansing, Mich.
Betty Mercer
Principal
Mercer Consulting Group LLC
East Lansing, Mich.
Monday, September 26
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening General Session

Honorable David Strickland, Administrator, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.

Honorable David Strickland
Administrator
NHTSA
Washington, D.C.

Janet Froetscher, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill.

Janet Froetscher
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Safety Council
Itasca, Ill.
Download Remarks [62 KB, 13 pgs.]

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop 1
Drugged Driving: What DO We Know?

In this session, speakers will discuss what the research shows about drugged driving (and where the gaps are in the knowledge base) as well as how drugged driving laws are enforced and prosecuted.

Moderator:

  • Traci Pearl, Highway Safety Coordinator, Nevada Office of Highway Safety, Carson City, Nev.

Speakers:

  • John Johansen, Impaired Driving Program Manager, Nevada Office of Highway Safety, Carson City, Nev.
  • Sergeant Mike Iwai, DECP Coordinator, Oregon State Police, Salem, Ore.
  • Ken Stecker, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Prosecuting Attorneys of Michigan, Lansing, Mich.
  • Jeff Michael, Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.

Workshop 2
New Developments in Emergency Medical Services:
System Design and Data Making a Difference

Until education, enforcement and engineering are 100% effective, the 4th E – Emergency Medical Services – is the only hope an injured patient has for survival. This session will inform states about cutting edge developments in EMS such as the Incident Response Readiness Assessment, NEMSIS 3.0, the new National Trauma Standard, the North Carolina multidisciplinary linkage project and more.

Moderator:

  • John Saunders, Director, Highway Safety Services, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Richmond, Va.

Speakers:

  • Dia Gainor, Executive Director, National Association of State EMS Officials, Falls Church, Va.
  • Clay Mann, Professor and Associate Director for Research, University of Utah School of Medicine Intermountain Injury Control Research Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Greg Mears, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the UNC Emergency Medical Services Performance Improvement Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Workshop 3
What’s Up With Occupant Protection Technology and Research?

Representatives from Ford Motor Company, NHTSA and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will discuss some of the latest occupant protection technology and research. Advancements in passive restraints, research on upgrading primary belt laws and a new pediatric occupant protection database project will be discussed.

Moderator:

  • Leanna Depue, Highway Safety Director, Traffic and Highway Safety Division, Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, Mo,

Speakers:

  • Stephen Rouhana, Senior Technical Leader for Safety, Passive Safety Research and Advanced Engineering Department, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.
  • Richard Compton, Director, Office of Behavioral Safety Research, NHTSA, Washington D.C.
  • Dr. Dennis Durbin, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, Co-Scientific Director, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Workshop 4
Distracted Driving: What Do the Research and Current
Experience Tell Us?

In this workshop, panelists will review the latest activities on distracted driving, including the recent GHSA-developed research summary, experience with California’s enforcement efforts and the distracted driving enforcement demonstration projects in Syracuse and Hartford.

Moderator:

  • Peter Thomson, Governor’s Representative and Coordinator, New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency, Concord, N.H.

Speakers:

  • James Hedlund, Principal, Highway Safety North, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Chris Murphy, Governor’s Representative and Director, California Office of Traffic Safety, Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Jeff Michael, Associate Administrator for Research and Program Delivery, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Jack Van Steenburg, Chief Safety Officer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Washington, D.C.

Workshop 5
Reforming Driver Education
The freedom and convenience of a driver’s license can come at a high price for young drivers who pay with traffic-related fatalities, life-altering injuries and economic costs. Driver education can play a major role in the safety and life-long driving careers of new teen drivers. Discover what is new, currently available and on the horizon for reforming your state’s driver education program.

Moderator:

  • Troy Costales, Governor’s Representative and Administrator,
    Transportation Safety Division, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Ore.

Speakers:

  • Brett Robinson, Vice President, Highway Safety Services, LLC, Indiana, Penn.
  • Michelle Atwell, Younger and Older Driver Coordinator, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Hanover, Md.
  • Duane Shell, Research Associate and Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.

Workshop 6
Ignition Interlocks: the Key to Eliminating Drunk Driving?

In this workshop, panelists will review the latest research on the effectiveness of ignition interlocks and discuss the ways in which states can structure and administer their ignition interlock programs.

Moderator:

  • Pete Bodyk, Traffic Safety Manager, Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, Kansas

Speakers:

  • Erin Holmes, Research Associate, Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), Ottawa, Canada
  • Toby Taylor, Ignition Interlock Program Administrator, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Steve Luce, Ignition Interlock Program Administrator, Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Wash.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Grantee Workshop
This workshop will explore the do’s and don’ts of working with State Highway Safety Offices.

Facilitators:

  • Lowell Porter, Governor’s Representative and Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Olympia, Wash.
  • Troy Costales, Governor’s Representative and Administrator, Transportation Safety Division, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Ore.
Tuesday, September 27

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

General Session

Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY consumer reporter covering auto safety

Jayne O'Donnell
Author and Reporter
USA TODAY
McLean, Va.
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Chris Mullen, Director, Technology Research Division, State Farm

Chris Mullen
Director, Technology Research Division
State Farm®
Bloomington, Ill.

Andrew Pearce, Chief Executive, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP)

Andrew Pearce
Chief Executive
Global Road Safety Partnership
Geneva, Switzerland
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10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop 7
Are Traffic Crashes Another Unintended Consequence of War?
This session will examine what our combat veterans are facing when they return home, the resulting traffic safety implications and what can be done both for the veteran and his or her family.

Moderator:

  • Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner, New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Albany, N.Y.

Speakers:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Martin, U.S. Army Reserve Liaison Officer, U.S. Army, Fort Rucker, Ala.
  • Karen Cutright, Iraq/Afganistan Clinic Program Manager, U.S. Veterans Administration, Cincinnati, Ohio

Workshop 8
Motorcycle Safety: Keeping Progress Going
This session will discuss the latest motorcycle countermeasures and resources.

Moderator:

  • Marianne Trussell, Chief Safety Officer, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, Fla.

Speakers:

Workshop 9
Using Traditional and New Communications Tools to Reach Our Audience

In this workshop, panelists will explore some standard and innovative techniques to reach the public with safety messages, with a particular emphasis on young males ages 18-34.

Moderator:

  • Kendell Poole, Director, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, Tenn.

Speakers:

  • Susan McMeen, Director, Consumer Information, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Jayne O’Donnell, Author and Reporter, USA TODAY, McLean, Va.
  • Jeannine Fallon, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Edmunds.com, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Russ Rader, Vice President of Communications, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Arlington, Va.
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Workshop 10
Improving Data Quality While Improving Data Systems

What role does data quality play in the evaluation of your records systems? In this session, attendees will learn about NHTSA’s take on data quality and will examine what a comprehensive, formal data quality management program looks like. Finally, attendees will hear about Delaware’s quality assurance/quality control program designed to ensure that data entered into their electronic crash reporting system is accurate and complete.

Moderator:

  • Jana Simpler, Director, Delaware Office of Highway Safety, Dover, Del.

Speakers:

  • Bill Watada, Regional Administrator, NHTSA Region VII, Denver, Colo.
  • Robert Scopatz, Director of Government Services, Data Nexus, Inc., Lauderdale, Minn.
  • Michael McDonald, Telecommunications Administrator, Delaware State Police, Information Technology Section, Dover, Del.

Workshop 11
Traffic Law Enforcement in Challenging Times

In a time of increasing demand and competing priorities, public safety organizations are assigning low importance to traffic safety. Panelists will examine this trend and offer recommendations for improving law enforcement safety culture.

Moderator:

  • Lowell Porter, Governor’s Representative and Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Olympia, Wash.

Speakers:

  • Michael Geraci, Director, Office of Safety Programs, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Honorable Kenneth Bradley, Mayor, City of Winter Park, Winter Park, Fla.
  • Brett Railey, Chief of Police, Winter Park Police Department, Winter Park, Fla.
  • Thomas Gianni, Deputy Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Hanover, Md.

Workshop 12
If It Bleeds, It Pleads: Understanding No Refusal

Good cases and good deterrence are not mutually exclusive. This session will address how to use No Refusal to crack down on impaired driving, how No Refusal programs are being implemented, what the implementation challenges are and what impact No Refusal programs are having.

Moderator:

  • Terry Pence, Traffic Safety Director, Traffic Operations Division, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, Texas

Speakers:

  • Warren Diepraam, Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County, Conroe, Texas
  • Beth Barnes, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Shawn Clawson, DWI Enforcement Officer, Springfield Police
    Department, Springfield, Mo.
Wednesday, September 28
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Workshop 13
Like It Or Not, We Are All Aging Road Users
This panel will examine how driving behavior changes with age, how aging road users can “fit” their vehicles to be safer, and how a new FHWA resource can help improve the driving environment for aging road users.

Moderator/Speaker:

  • Marianne Trussell, Chief Safety Officer, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, Fla.

Speakers:

  • Anne McCartt, Senior Vice President, Research, IIHS, Arlington, Va.
  • Fran Carlin-Rogers, Carlin Rogers Consulting LLC, Orlando, Fla.
  • Trenda McPherson, Traffic Safety Specialist, Florida Department of Transportation Safety Office, Tallahassee, Fla.

Workshop 14
Speeding and Aggressive Driving: Is a Culture Change Possible?

Since speed continues to contribute to far too many motor vehicle injuries and deaths, traffic safety professionals must constantly survey available tools to impact this serious issue. An ever-increasing number of jurisdictions are turning to Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) as a countermeasure for drivers that speed on their roadways. In this session, panelists will examine recent research about the effectiveness of ASE, public policies issues concerning ASE and practical applications in Arizona.

Moderator:

  • Jana Simpler, Director, Delaware Office of Highway Safety, Dover, Del.

Speakers:

  • Anne McCartt, Senior Vice President, Research, IIHS, Arlington, Va.
  • Michael Geraci, Director, Office of Safety Programs, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Lieutenant Elise Souter, Tucson Police Department, Tucson, Ariz.

Workshop 15
Not Just for Data Geeks: What’s New in Traffic Records?

This workshop will explore new national initiatives in the field of traffic records, all of which have potential impacts on states. Do you know what is happening in MMUCC, MIRE, CDIP, traffic records assessments, the FHWA Capability Assessment and other initiatives? If not, this session is for you!

Moderator:

  • Michael Stout, Governor’s Representative and Director, Division of Traffic Safety, Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, Ill.

Speakers:

  • Terry Shelton, Associate Administrator, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Sean McLaurin, Chief, National Driver Register and Traffic Records Division, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Barbara Rhea, Chief, State Data Reporting Systems Division, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Erin Kenley, Team Leader, Highway Safety Improvement Program, Office of Safety, FHWA, Washington, D.C.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

General Session
Toward Zero Deaths: A National Strategic Highway Safety Plan

A Joint GHSA and AASHTO Session
In this session, speakers will review the purpose of the National Strategic Highway Safety Plan, its potential impact on highway safety policy, the progress in developing the Plan to date, and how it will be implemented.

Moderator:

  • Barbara Harsha, Executive Director, GHSA, Washington, D.C.

Speakers:

  • Tim Neuman, Chief Highway Engineer, CH2M Hill, Chicago, Ill.
  • Bernie Arsenau, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Jan Withers, National President, MADD, Irving, Texas

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closing Luncheon and General Session

Peter D. Hart
Leading Pollster and Public Policy Expert

Peter Hart
Chairman
Peter D. Hart Research Associates
Washington, D.C.


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