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2008 Annual Meeting
Turning Knowledge into Action

Scottsdale, Ariz., September 7 - 10

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Detailed Agenda

All sessions will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale's stand-alone Conference Center.


Saturday, September 6
8:00 am – 5:00 pm GHSA Member, Associate Member, Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration
East Foyer
9:00 am – 5:00 pm GHSA Executive Board Meeting
Luncheon sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
Salon #1
Sunday, September 7
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration
East Foyer
9:30 am – 10:30 am Orientation for New GHSA Members
(State Members Only)
Sponsored by Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Salon Princesa
9:30 am – 10:30 am Territorial Highway Safety Offices Meeting
Salon #1
11:00 am – 2:30 pm Exhibit Setup
Salons A–E
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Regional Meetings
Region I Salon #1
Region II Casita 5232
Region III Salon #3
Region IV Salon #4
Region V Salon #5
Region VI Salon #6
Region VII Casita 5308
Region VIII Casita 5130
Region IX Casita 5320
Region X Casita 5332
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm GHSA Business Meeting
(State Members Only)
Luncheon sponsored by Mercer Consulting Group, LLC
Sonoran Room
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Welcome Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Liberty Mutual
Salons A–E
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
Salons AE
5:45 pm Bus to Opening Reception
First bus departs from the bus circle at the north entrance to the Conference Center for the reception
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Reception
Sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies and Toyota Motor Sales, USA
Taliesin West
9:00 pm Last bus leaves for the hotel.
Monday, September 8
7:15 am – 8:15 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
Salons A–E
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration
East Foyer
8:15 am – 9:45 am

Opening General Session
Salons F & G

Welcome:

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

Opening Ceremonies:

  • Presenting the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance–Arizona Department of Corrections Color Guard, Phoenix, Ariz.

Opening Speakers:

  • Victor Mendez, Director, Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Ariz., Bio
  • Jack G. Lane, Chief, Highway Patrol Division, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Phoenix, Ariz., Bio

Keynote Speaker:

  • Honorable James Ports, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Washington, D.C., Bio
9:00 am – 9:45 am Spouse/Guest Orientation
Sponsored by The Century Council
Salon 3
9:45 am – 10:30 am Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Make Roads Safe–The Campaign for Global Road Safety
Salons A–E
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop 1
Impaired Driving Countermeasures that Work

Salon F
This workshop will provide an overview of current impaired driving research, identify some best practices, and discuss implementation issues and challenges.

Moderator:

  • Ryan Klitzsch, Director, Traffic Safety, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indianapolis, Ind.

Speakers:

  • Richard Compton, Director, Office of Behavioral Safety Research, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Vicki Luquette, Vice President, Institute for Public Strategies, Houston, Texas
  • Michael Sandoval, Director, New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau, Santa Fe, N.M.

Workshop 2
Improving Seat Belt Usage with Nighttime Belt Enforcement

Sonoran Room
This workshop will provide an overview of the research on nighttime belt use and two state nighttime belt enforcement best practices. This will be followed by a discussion of how states can implement these programs and overcome the challenges faced.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Richard Blomberg, President, Dunlap and Associates, Inc., Stamford, Conn.
  • Jim Nichols, Principal, Nichols and Associates, Vienna, Va.
  • Michael Stout, Governor’s Representative and Director, Division of Traffic Safety, Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, Ill.

Workshop 3
Using Non-Traditional Communication Strategies to Enhance Your Program

Salon G
In today’s world of ever-tightening budgets and increased media competition, traffic safety professionals must learn to look beyond traditional methods to communicate lifesaving messages. The speakers for this session will discuss social media and other non-traditional strategies.

Moderator:

  • Andrea Summers, Chair, GHSA Strategic Communications Committee, and Community Relations Officer, Delaware Office of Highway Safety, Dover, Del.

Speakers:

  • Jim Tobin, President, Ignite Social Media, Cary, N.C.
  • Michael Hegarty, Deputy Director, Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Dan Costello, Account Executive, Marketing Partnerships, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix, Ariz.
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Buffet Luncheon in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by 2008 GHSA Exhibitors
Salons A–E, East Foyer
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop 4
Making Teens Safer Drivers

Salon F
Speakers at this workshop will provide an overview of the latest young driving research, offer best practices, and discuss implementation opportunities and challenges for the states.

Moderator:

  • Pam Fischer, Governor's Representative and Director, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Trenton, N.J.

Speakers:

  • Rob Foss, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Center for the Study of Young Drivers, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Justin McNaull, Director of State Relations, AAA, Washington, D.C.
  • Arlene Greenspan, Senior Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Maggie Thompson, Special Projects Manager, Division of Public Affairs, Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, Kan.

Workshop 5
Using Performance Measures in Highway Safety Programs

Salon G
In this workshop, speakers will discuss the role of performance measures, review the recommendations of the Performance Measures Expert Panel, and discuss federal expectations for using performance measures.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Lance Neumann, President, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.
  • Jim Hedlund, Principal, Highway Safety North, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Georgia Chakiris, Regional Administrator, Region VI, NHTSA, Fort Worth, Texas

Workshop 6
Best Practices in DUI Courts

Sonoran Room
This workshop will involve a lively discussion about DUI courts, how they should be started and run, and what is needed to ensure successful outcomes. Participants will learn firsthand from the progenitors of DUI courts, a judge and a prosecutor who have all been involved in DUI courts since their inception.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • The Honorable Kent Lawrence, Chief Judge, State Court of Georgia, Athens/Clarke County, Athens, Ga.
  • David Wallace, Director, National Center for DWI Courts, National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), Alexandria, Va.
  • Michael Loeffler, Prosecutor, Bristow (Creek County), Okla.
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
Salons A–E
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 2008 Sponsors, Associate Members and GHSA Executive Board Reception
(Invitation Only)
Salon Princesa
  Dinner on your own
Tuesday, September 9
7:30 am – 12:15 pm Registration
East Foyer
7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Salons A–E
8:30 am – 10:00 am

General Session
Salons F & G

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Adrian Lund, President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, Va., Bio
  • Susan Ferguson, Principal, Ferguson International LLC, McLean, Va., Bio
  • Robyn Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Traffic Injury Research Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Bio
10:00 am – 10:45 am Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by National Beer Wholesalers Association
Salons A–E
10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Workshop 7
Improving Motorcycle Safety Through Effective Countermeasures

Salon F
This workshop will focus on the latest research on motorcycle safety issues and on the content, delivery and audience for NHTSA's new motorcycle safety course. Open discussion will follow on identified, effective countermeasures and best practices that have helped curb motorcycle crash frequency.

Moderator:

  • Major Daniel Lonsdorf, Director, Transportation Safety, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, Wis.

Speakers:

  • Jim Hedlund, Principal, Highway Safety North, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Pete Bodyk, Chief, Bureau of Traffic Safety, Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, Kan.

Workshop 8
Implementing Ignition Interlocks for DUI Offenses

Salon G
Technology such as ignition interlocks could play a significant and positive role in reducing drunk driving. Ignition interlocks are authorized in 45 states but used in less than half of them. This workshop will explore the experiences of two states as well as implementation issues and ways to overcome those issues.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Robyn Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Traffic Injury Research Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Michael Sandoval, Director, New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Michael Stout, Governor’s Representative and Director, Division of Traffic Safety, Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, Ill.

Workshop 9
Distracted and Inattentive Driving: Data, Deterrents and Discussion

Sonoran Room
While research has shown that distracted and inattentive driving is increasing, we don't know yet how to effectively address these issues. This workshop will provide an overview of current research, discuss the effectiveness of inattentive driving laws, and identify other potential countermeasures.

Moderator:

  • John Saunders, Director, Virginia Highway Safety Office, Richmond, Va.

Speakers:

  • Anne McCartt, Senior Vice President for Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, Va.
  • Pam Fischer, Governor’s Representative and Director, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Trenton, N.J.
  • Richard Compton, Director, Office of Behavioral Safety Research, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Darrel Drobnich, Chief Programming Officer, National Sleep Foundation, Washington, D.C.
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

GHSA 2008 Highway Safety Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Salons H & I

Master of Ceremonies:

  • Troy Costales, Governor’s Representative and Administrator, Transportation Safety Division, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Ore.
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Workshop 10
Improving the Safe Mobility of Older Drivers

Salon F
This workshop will provide an overview of current research on older driver safety and explore licensing and other countermeasures that can be implemented to reduce older driver fatalities and injuries.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Peter Kissinger, President and Chief Executive Officer, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, D.C.
  • Neil Schuster, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Arlington, Va.
  • Jane Stutts, Associate Director for Social and Behavioral Research, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Workshop 11
Drugged Driving Countermeasures and the DEC Program

Sonoran Room
Drug impaired driving continues to be a serious threat to public health and safety. The Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program has proved to be an effective means of detecting, apprehending and properly adjudicating drug impaired drivers. This workshop will update attendees on the most current research on drug impaired driving and focus on how the DEC program is being operated at the state level.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Richard Compton, Director, Office of Behavioral Safety Research, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Charles Hayes, DEC Program Regional Operations Coordinator, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Salem, Ore.
  • Dan Mulleneaux, Arizona DEC/Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Coordinator, Phoenix, Ariz.

Workshop 12
Screening and Brief Interventions: A Promising DUI Strategy

Salon G
Another approach to reducing drunk driving is to prevent it in the first place. Screening and brief interventions (SBI) take just that approach. In this workshop, speakers will explain how SBI works and will review the application of this strategy in various settings.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Dr. Frederico Vaca, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research, University of California at Irvine, Orange, Ca.
  • Ann Quinn-Zobeck, Director of Education and Training, Bacchus Network, Denver, Colo.
  • Pierre Desy, Director, Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE, Des Plaines, Ill.
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break
Sponsored by Crossco/Kustom Signals
East Foyer
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Workshop 13
Reducing Speeding with Automated Speed Enforcement

Salon F
In this workshop, speakers will review the current research on speeding, explore automated speed enforcement best practices, and discuss the implications for national implementation.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Anne McCartt, Senior Vice President, Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, Va.
  • Thomas Woodward, Commander, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Metro East Bureau, Photo Enforcement Program, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Captain Thomas Didone, District Commander, Montgomery County Police Department, Germantown, Md.

Workshop 14
Teen Brain Development, Underage Drinking and the NMDA

Salon G
GHSA supports the National Minimum Drinking Age (NMDA) law and opposes its repeal. This workshop will provide members with the latest research on underage drinking and teen brain development and policy positions so that they will have ammunition to fight for the continuation of the age 21 law.

Moderator:

  • Cindy Cashen, Administrator, Highway Safety Office, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Juneau, Alaska

Speakers:

  • Ralph Hingson, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Bethesda, Md.
  • Chuck Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Irving, Texas
  • James Hardina, Commander, Arizona State University Police Department, Tempe, Ariz.
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

State Night Dinner
Sponsored by Nissan North America
Crown P Corral

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cash bar, country western trio
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Raffle results and songs by recording artist Kate Voegele
Kate appears courtesy of Ford’s Driving Skills For Life program.
Wednesday, September 10
8:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by AAA
East Foyer F
8:30 am – 10:00 am

Workshop 15
Issues in SHSP Implementation

Salon F
This workshop will provide a brief overview of selected Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP). Three states will discuss their development and implementation strategies and issues.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Robert Hull, Engineer for Traffic and Safety, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Vernon Betkey, Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Hanover, Md.
  • Michael Prince, Director, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, Lansing, Mich.

Workshop 16
Update on National Guidelines for State Information Systems

Salons D & E
New developments in national guidelines such as MMUCC, MMIRE, NEMSIS and other new traffic records initiatives will be discussed.

Moderator:

  • Lauren Stewart, Director, Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, Augusta, Maine

Speakers:

  • Michael Geraci, Director, Office of Safety Programs, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Chip Chidester, Director, Office of Data Acquisition, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth Alicandri, Director, Office of Safety Programs, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Drew Dawson, Director, Office of Emergency Medical Services, NHTSA, Washington, D.C.
10:00 am – 10:30 am

Morning Break
Sponsored by Continental
East Foyer F

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Reauthorization General Session
Salons D & E
At the Annual Meeting last year, the recommendations of the National Surface Transportation and Revenue Policy Study Commission were featured. This year, GHSA will focus on the reauthorization recommendations of some of our key safety partners.

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Sara Vermillion, Assistant Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, General Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.
  • Tony Kane, Director, Engineering and Technical Services, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Washington, D.C.
  • Neil Schuster, President and Chief Executive Officer, AAMVA, Arlington, Va.
  • Laura Dean-Mooney, National President, MADD, Irving, Texas
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Closing Luncheon and General Session
Salons F & G

Moderator:

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

Speaker:

  • Pete Rahn, President, AASHTO and Director, Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, Mo., Bio
2:00 pm Adjourn