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Summer 2010 | Vol. 12 | No. 4

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Technology’s Promise and Peril Focus of 2010 Meeting

GHSA’s 2010 Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 26-29 in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting, Technology and Highway Safety: What’s Driving Our Future?, will explore both the benefits and challenges that technology presents to highway safety practitioners.

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Technology is a critical component in achieving the goal of zero deaths. Automated enforcement, alcohol interlock devices, seat belt reminders, and data collection/linkage technology all play a role in advancing traffic safety. At the same time, cell phones and other technologies present dangerous distractions to drivers. Both the general sessions and breakout workshops will focus on these issues.

General Session speakers include NHTSA Administrator David Strickland (invited), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety President Adrian Lund and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety President Peter Kissinger. Workshops will address distracted driving, impaired driving, seat belt use, older drivers and motorcycle fatalities as well as a host of other issues. New this year, a special workshop will be held for State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) grantees on how to maximize their relationship with the SHSO. Additional General Session speakers and more details about the workshops will be posted online as the conference draws closer.

GHSA will present its annual Highway Safety Awards at a special luncheon on Monday. The Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Awards recognize notable achievements in the field of highway safety from 2009. The Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award honors an individual for outstanding service to GHSA, federal agencies or other national organizations. And GHSA’s most prestigious award, The James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award, honors an individual for sustained outstanding leadership in endeavors that significantly improve highway safety.

Other meeting highlights include Sunday’s Opening Reception and the State Night event on Tuesday evening. This year, the Opening Reception will be held at The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. State Night will take place at the College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center and features hands-on, interactive basketball exhibits.

For the latest information on the meeting, including registration and travel details as well as the most up-to-date agenda, visit