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2007 Annual Meeting
Looking Beyond our Borders

Portland, Ore., September 23 - 26

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Detailed Agenda

2007 Annual Meeting Index Page

The 2007 GHSA Annual Meeting General Sessions focused on strategies and programs that have improved highway safety in other countries. The United States continues to lag behind many other industrialized nations in highway safety, and the 2007 conference sought to close that gap by learning about best practices and policies from our international partners.

Except as otherwise noted, all meetings will be in the Portland Hilton Hotel.

Quick Jump:
Sat, 9/22 | Sun., 9/23 | Mon., 9/24 | Tues., 9/25 | Wed., 9/26

Saturday, September 22
10:00 am – 5:00 pm GHSA Member, Associate Member, Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration
Grand Ballroom Foyer
10:00 am – 5:00 pm GHSA Executive Board Meeting
Luncheon sponsored by DriveCam, Inc. and Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc.
Director's Suite
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Territorial Highway Safety Offices Meeting
Council Suite
Sunday, September 23
7:00 am – 1:00 pm Exhibit Setup
Grand Ballroom I and II
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration
Grand Ballroom Foyer
9:30 am – 10:30 am Orientation for New GHSA Members
Sponsored by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.
Galleria II
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Regional Meetings
New England Galleria I
Eastern Boardroom East
Mid-Atlantic Studio Suite
Southeast Galleria III
Great Lakes Forum Suite
South Central Senate Suite
Central Cabinet Suite
Rocky Mountain Council Suite
Western Boardroom West
Northwest Executive Suite
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm GHSA Business Meeting (SHSO Members only)
Luncheon sponsored by Mercer Consulting Group, LLC
Broadway I and II
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Welcome Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.
Grand Ballroom I and II
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
Grand Ballroom I and II
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Reception
Sponsored by State Farm®
Portland Spirit

Cruise the Willamette River and view the beautiful Portland skyline at night. Check daily newsletter for further details.
Monday, September 24
Monday's Cyber Café in the Exhibit Hall is sponsored by Westfield Insurance.
7:15 am – 8:15 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Laser Technology, Inc. and Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Grand Ballroom I and II
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration
Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:15 am – 9:45 am

Opening General Session
Pavilion Ballroom

Welcome:

  • Chris Murphy, Governor's Representative and Director, California Office of Traffic Safety, Sacramento, Calif., and Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

Opening Ceremonies:

  • Presenting and Retiring of the Colors – Police Bureau Honor Guard and Highland Guard, Portland, Ore.

Pledge of Allegiance:

  • Mark Koberstein, Chairman, Oregon Transportation Safety Committee, Boring, Ore.

National Anthem:

  • Honorable Senator Margaret Carter, Senate President Pro Tempore and National President, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, Portland, Ore.

Opening Speakers:

  • Honorable Eric Bloch, Circuit Court Judge, Multnomah County, Portland, Ore.
  • Senator Margaret Carter, Portland, Ore.
  • Matthew Garrett, Director, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Ore.
  • Ronald Ruecker, Director of Public Safety, Sherwood Police Department, Sherwood, Ore., and First Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Keynote Speaker:

  • Honorable Nicole Nason, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Washington, D.C., Bio
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Spouse/Guest Tour
Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
Meet in hotel lobby

An all-day excursion to Mount Hood and the Columbia River
Learn More

9:45 am – 10:30 am Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Takata Holdings, Inc.
Grand Ballroom I and II
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop 1
Reducing Drunk Driving Through Prevention

Galleria North
In addition to strong laws and high visibility enforcement, efforts must be undertaken to prevent impaired driving in the first place and to constructively handle persons who are intoxicated. One of the presentations at this workshop focuses on changing the social environment and de-emphasizing drinking. The other two highlight alternate designated driver programs and how they can be replicated in other communities.

Moderator:

  • Pete Bodyk, Bureau of Traffic Safety, Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, Kan.

Speakers:

  • Kurt Erickson, President and CEO, Washington Regional Alcohol Project (WRAP), McLean, Va.
  • Jim Peters, President and CEO, Responsible Hospitality Institute, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Fred Wegman, Managing Director, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Leidschendam, The Netherlands, Bio

Workshop 2
Sustaining Enforcement Between Mobilizations: A Roundtable Discussion
Galleria South
The national mobilizations are only four weeks a year, yet people drive impaired and don't use occupant protection all year round. How can law enforcement be encouraged to sustain the momentum from the national mobilizations the rest of the year? What are the opportunities and barriers? Hear from law enforcement officials who have succeeded in maintaining traffic enforcement year round.

Moderator:

  • Bob Dallas, Governor's Representative and Director, Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Atlanta, Ga.

Speakers:

  • Jerry Dyer, Chief, Fresno Police Department, Fresno, Calif.
  • Ricky Rich, Division Director Special Operations, Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Ronald Ruecker, Director of Public Safety, Sherwood Police Department, Sherwood, Ore.
  • John Whetsel, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Workshop 3
The Best of the Best: Best Practices in Traffic Records

Parlors A, B, C
States are making progress automating their traffic records systems, spurred on, in part, by federal data improvement grants. This workshop will highlight the efforts of three states to provide more accurate, timely and accessible data.

Moderator:

  • Vernon Betkey, Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Hanover, Md.

Speakers:

  • Gregg Presbury, Traffic Records Coordinator, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Hanover, Md.
  • Christopher Madill, Traffic Records Program Manager, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Olympia, Wash.
  • Girish (Gary) Modi, Chief, Safety Management Division, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pa.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Buffet Luncheon in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by 2007 GHSA Exhibitors
Grand Ballroom I and II
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Workshop 4
Maximizing Coverage in Traditional and New Media

Galleria South
This workshop (a follow up to the Strategic Communications Conference last fall) will focus on how to successfully work with media, particularly Internet-based media. This session will also offer examples of successfully using new tools such as YouTube.

Moderator:

  • Kendell Poole, Director, Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, Nashville, Tenn.

Speakers:

  • Eric McAndrew, Creative Director, DesignHouse, Washington, D.C.
  • Jayne O'Donnell, Auto Writer, USA TODAY and Contributor, Edmunds.com, McLean, Va.
  • Russ Rader, Director or Media Relations, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, Va.

Workshop 5
Latest GDL Research: Implications for Young Drivers

Galleria North
In February, the National Safety Council sponsored a safety symposium on the latest Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) research. This workshop will focus on the key presentations and findings.

Moderator:

  • Chuck Abbott, Chief, Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, Carson City, Nev.

Speakers:

  • Susan Ferguson, President, Ferguson International LLC, McLean, Va.
  • Rob Foss, Director, Center for the Study of Young Drivers, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Jim Hedlund, Principal, Highway Safety North, Ithaca, N.Y.

Workshop 6
Automating State Processes Part I: Impaired Driving Systems

Parlors A, B, C
Many agencies are involved in responding to impaired driving incidents, and they typically use lengthy and unconnected processes. This limits the effectiveness of the responses and makes it much more difficult to reduce impaired driving. In response to this problem, there have been some exciting developments in automating impaired driving systems. This workshop will focus on two of those developments.

Moderator:

  • Dave Beach, Director, Utah Office of Highway Safety, Salt Lake City, Utah

Speakers:

  • Honorable Eric Bloch, Circuit Court Judge, Multnomah County, Portland, Ore.
  • Ray Dittrich, Project Coordinator, Law Enforcement Advanced DUI/DWI Reporting System (LEADRS), Texas Municipal Police Association, Fate, Texas
  • Michael Overton, Chief, Information Services, Nebraska Crime Commission, Lincoln, Neb.
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Afternoon Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Farmers® and Make Roads Safe - The Campaign for Global Road Safety
Grand Ballroom I and II
3:00 pm – 5:15 pm Exhibits Open
Grand Ballroom I and II
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Workshop 7
Changing the Culture of Speed
Galleria South
Speeding is a leading contributor to crashes and a growing problem in every state. This session's panelists will give their perspective on how to re-engage the public on this issue and turn this pervasive problem around.

Moderator:

  • James Champagne, Governor's Representative and Executive Director, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Baton Rouge, La.

Speakers:

  • Michael Brown, Commissioner, California Highway Patrol, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Jim Hedlund, Principal, Highway Safety North, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Jeffery Lindley, Associate Administrator for Safety, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Washington, D.C.
  • Ian Johnston, Professor, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia, Bio

Workshop 8
Impaired Motorcycling: The Next Big Issue

Parlors A, B, C
In 2005 (the latest year of available data), a higher percentage of motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes had a .08 or greater BAC than any other type of motor vehicle driver. Impairment was a major factor in single vehicle motorcycle crashes, particularly those that occurred on weekend nights. Impaired motorcyclists were also less likely to wear helmets. The panelists will discuss how their states have tackled this major problem.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Stephen Garets, Director, TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
  • Ray Gaulin, Transportation Safety Specialist, Connecticut Rider Education Program, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, Conn.
  • Ricky Rich, Division Director Special Operations, Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Atlanta, Ga.

Workshop 9
Teens and Distractions: A Dangerous Combination

Galleria North
A growing litany of electronic devicescell phones, MP3 players, iPods, game players, DVD playersare distracting young drivers and contributing to teen crashes. This session will examine the scope of the problem and effective countermeasures to curb teen distractions.

Moderator:

  • Michael Stout, Director, Division of Traffic Safety, Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, Ill.

Speakers:

  • Jon Hankey, Associate Director of the Institute and Director, Center for Automotive Safety Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (TTI), Blacksburg, Va.
  • Dan Mayhew, Senior Vice President, Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), Ottawa, Ontario Province, Canada
  • David Preusser, Principal Investigator, Preusser Research Group (PRG), Trumball, Conn.
  • Jean Shope, Associate Director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • John Walls, Director of Public Policy, CTIA - The Wireless Association, Washington, D.C.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reception (invitation only)
Sponsored by the GHSA Executive Board
Alexander's Restaurant & Lounge
Dinner on your own
Tuesday, September 25

Green Polo ShirtAttendees are encouraged to wear their Ford Motor Company Fund Driving Skills for Life polo shirt on TUESDAY.

The shirts can be picked up from the registration area. Just present the coupon that is in your registration bag.

Tuesday's Cyber Café in the Exhibit Hall is sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

7:30 am – 12:15 pm Registration
Grand Ballroom Foyer
7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Cambridge Systematics, Inc. and National Beer Wholesalers Association
Grand Ballroom I and II
8:30 am – 10:00 am

General Session
Pavilion Ballroom

Moderator:

  • Vernon Betkey, GHSA Vice Chairman and Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Hanover, Md.

Speakers:

  • Ian Johnston, Professor, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia, Bio
  • Fred Wegman, Managing Director, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Leidschendam, The Netherlands, Bio
10:00 am – 10:45 am Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Honda North America, Inc.
Grand Ballroom I and II
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Exhibits Open
Grand Ballroom I and II
10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Workshop 10
Emerging Drunk Driving Technologies

Galleria South
The Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving (CEDD) is encouraging the development of new technologies for drunk drivers. Other advanced technologies are also being used to monitor drunk drivers. Speakers at this workshop will discuss those technologies and the policy issues surrounding them.

Moderator:

  • James Champagne, Governor's Representative and Executive Director, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Baton Rouge, La.

Speakers:

  • Susan Ferguson, President, Ferguson International LLC, McLean, Va.
  • Honorable Larry Long, Attorney General, State of South Dakota, Pierre, S.D.
  • Rob Strassburger, Vice President, Vehicle Safety and Harmonization, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.

Workshop 11
Buckling Up Tweens and Teens

Parlors A, B, C
Encouraging tweens and teens to buckle up is a difficult proposition, and, as a result, their belt use is lower than it should be. This workshop examines the scope and nature of the problem and the programs that have addressed it.

Moderator:

  • Kimberly Proctor, Director, Mississippi Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Jackson, Miss.

Speakers:

  • Leanna Depue, Highway Safety Director, Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Suzanne Hill, Associate Director, Advocacy and Outreach, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Jason Ivey, Program Management Administrator, Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Lorrie Walker, Training Manager and Technical Advisor, Safe Kids Worldwide®, Washington, D.C.

Workshop 12
A Primer in SHSP Implementation

Galleria North
The focus of this workshop (a follow up to the February Peer Exchange) is on state and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) compliance with the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) requirements. Panelists will discuss state and MPO implementation efforts and how problems and challenges were overcome.

Moderator:

  • Michael Sandoval, Director, Traffic Safety Bureau, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Santa Fe, N.M.

Speakers:

  • Rosemarie Anderson, Manager, Office of Safety and Program Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Susan Herbel, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Heathrow, Fla.
  • Erin Kenley, HSIP Team Leader/Program Manager, FHWA, Washington, D.C.
  • Mary Stahlhut, Program Manager, Office of Traffic and Safety, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, Iowa
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

GHSA 2007 Highway Safety Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by Chrysler
Pavilion Ballroom DE

Master of Ceremonies:

  • Troy Costales, Governor's Highway Safety Representative and Administrator, Transportation Safety Division, Salem, Ore.

Speaker:

  • Peter Bragdon, Vice President and General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company, Portland, Ore., Bio
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop 13
Previewing Reauthorization

Galleria South
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) expires as the end of FY 2009. The National Surface Transportation and Revenue Study Commission has been charged by Congress with laying the foundation for the next reauthorization. This workshop will explore the work of the Commission and the reauthorization positions of two key organizations.

Moderator:

  • Barbara Harsha, Executive Director, Governors Highway Safety Association, Washington, D.C.

Speakers:

  • Susan Binder, Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs, FHWA and Executive Director, National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Larry Tibbets, Chief Operations Officer, Michigan Department of Transportation and Chair, Safety Management Subcommittee, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Lansing, Mich.

Workshop 14
Automating State Processes Part II: Grant Management Systems

Galleria North
Grant management is a complex task involving many organizations and levels or oversight. Automating the grant management process can enhance the effectiveness of a state highway safety office. This workshop will demonstrate three examples of state automated grant management systems.

Moderator:

  • Leanna Depue, Highway Safety Director, Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, Mo.

Speakers:

  • Lorrie Laing, Administrator, Governor's Highway Safety Office, Columbus, Ohio
  • Terry Pence, Traffic Safety Director, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, Texas
  • Bill Whitfield, Senior Systems Management Specialist, Safety Division, Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, Mo.
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibit Teardown
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break
Sponsored by AAA
Salon Ballroom Foyer, Hilton Portland Executive Tower (across from the headquarters hotel)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Workshop 15
Making the Most of Your Management Review

Salon Ballroom, Hilton Portland Executive Tower (across from the headquarters hotel)
This special session (primarily for GHSA members) focuses on the new Management Review guidelines and ways to avoid "findings" in your next Management Review.

Moderator:

  • Chris Murphy, Governor's Representative and Director, California Office of Traffic Safety, Sacramento, Calif.

Speakers:

  • Marlene Markison, Associate Administrator, Regional Operations and Program Delivery, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • GHSA Management Review Team Members
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Hour
Plaza Foyer (outside of the Pavilion Ballroom)
Cash Bar
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

State Night Dinner & Dance
Sponsored by Nissan North America
Pavilion Ballroom

Enjoy fine food, learn about the Oregon Trail and dance to the oldies with Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts!

Wednesday, September 26
8:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by The Century Council
Galleria Rooms
8:30 am – 10:00 am

State/Federal Roundtable
Galleria Rooms
This briefing provides information on the latest NHTSA and FHWA policies and programs and offers an opportunity to dialogue on federal and state issues. The first hour will be a SAFETEA-LU reauthorization listening session.

Presenters:

  • Jeffrey Lindley, Associate Administrator for Safety, FHWA, Washington, DC
  • Brian McLaughlin, Senior Associate Administrator, Traffic Injury Control, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.

Facilitator:

  • Lorrie Laing, Administrator, Governor's Highway Safety Office, Columbus, Ohio
10:00 am – 10:30 am Morning Break
Sponsored by AARP Driver Safety Program and Rubber Manufacturers Association
Galleria Rooms
10:30 am – 12:00 pm State/Federal Roundtable Continues
Galleria Rooms
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Closing Luncheon & General Session
Sponsored by General Motors
Pavilion Ballroom

Moderator:

  • Pete Bodyk, Chief, Bureau of Traffic Safety, Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, Kan.

Speaker:

  • Brian Jonah, Director, Road Safety Programs, Transport Canada, Ottawa, Ontario Province, Canada, Bio
2:00 pm Adjourn
Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

Special Event for Spouses/Guests

Monday, September 24th at 8:30 am

Oregon has arranged a magical tour for guests and spouses attending the conference.  Beginning from the hotel lobby, participants will board a charter bus that travels alongside the mighty Columbia River to Multnomah Falls.  

While there, participants can walk the trail to the historic bridge, take in the view of the falls and the river beyond, shop the gift store in the historic lodge, or simply sit on a bench and revel in this natural wonder.  Next, the tour will take participants further up the breathtaking Columbia Gorge, traveling through historic Hood River. Working up toward the peak of Mount Hood, the bus will make its way to historic Timberline Lodge at the 6,000 foot mark. 

Guests will have time to eat lunch at one of several venues at Timberline, or bring a sack lunch and picnic outside (weather permitting). Guests will be “on their own” for lunch. The return trip will take guests back to Portland via historic U.S. Highway 26, through bergs, cities, and suburbs returning back to the hotel. A light jacket is recommended.

Reservations are required, so make sure you reserve your spot when registering.