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Safe Driving Culture Conference

The Destination Safe Coalition invites you to learn about ways you can protect your employees by establishing a safe driving culture.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 • 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
(Registration and continental breakfast start at 7:45 a.m.)
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center 
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
Registration cost: $35
The hOUR Project: an hour-long presentation about something that is OUR problem — serious injury crashes and fatalities.

Presented by Bill Whitfield, Director of Highway Safety for MoDOT.
Distracted Driving — Impact on Employee Safety, Productivity and Employer Liability: Learn about the history and adoption of mobile technology, the science of driver distraction and how corporate policies can address concerns about distracted driving.

Presented by national speaker David Teater.

Breakout sessions
  • Enforcement Programs
    Moderator: Bob Hamilton, Law Enforcement Liaison, Kansas Department of Transportation

    Topic: Jackson County Traffic Safety Task Force
    Presenter: Sgt. Jason Peterson, Independence Police Department
    The Jackson County Traffic Safety Task Force formed to reduce alcohol related crashes in Jackson County through the coordinated efforts of every law enforcement agency in Jackson County. An oversight committee analyzes and prioritizes requests from agencies for assistance with sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols for impaired drivers. Because of these coordinated efforts, the Missouri Department of Transportation now reports that Jackson County is no longer the #1 county in the state for alcohol related accidents. Learn about the participating agencies of the task force as well as its activities and goals.

    Topic: Operation Impact (Kansas City)
    Presenters: Sgt. Janet Jarvis, Blue Springs Police Department and Master Officer Jay Richards, Lenexa Police Department
    In December of 1989, six local law enforcement agencies met in Overland Park, Kansas with representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to discuss the problem of speeding and committed to address it on a metropolitan wide basis and scope. In January of 1990 six agencies from both states formed an alliance to reduce crashes resulting in fatal, serious injury and property loss. Since then, more than 40 agencies have taken part in the campaign.

  • Education and Policy Programs
    Moderator: Norraine Wingfield, Program Director, Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office

    Topic: SAFE Seatbelts Are For Everyone
    Presenter: Laura Moore, State SAFE Coordinator, Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office
    SAFE is a teen-run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen seatbelt compliance through education, positive rewards and enforcement. Since the inception of the SAFE program, teen seatbelt use, according to Kansas Observational Occupant Protection Survey, has increased by 24.5 percent.

    Presenter: Michele Compton-Sewart, Senior Customer Relations, Missouri Department of Transportation Kansas City District.
    The IT ONLY TAKES ONE campaign is a competition between Missouri high schools that gives student groups the opportunity to educate teens, parents and their community about the dangers teens face while driving. The competition includes educational campaigns, surprise safety belt surveys and the creation of a public service announcement. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for youth (15-20) in Missouri, accounting for nearly 11.8 percent of traffic fatalities during the past three years. Many factors including inexperience, alcohol, speeding, cell phones, and other countless distractions all contribute to these crashes, with many resulting in death.

  • Emergency Response
    Moderator: Randy Johnson, TMC Manager, Kansas City Scout 

    Topic: Traffic Incident Management & Incident Response
    Traffic Incident Management is the process of coordinating the resources of different partnering agencies and private sector companies to identify, respond to, and clear traffic incidents as quickly as possible while protecting the safety of on-scene responders and the traveling public.

    Incidents on Missouri roadways are becoming more than an annoyance. As traffic volumes continue to increase and crashes rise, an incident on a crowded roadway can shut down forward progress for hours and often result in secondary crashes that can be deadly. A cooperative partnership between first responders, law enforcement, KC Scout and trauma centers is improving response times to clear incidents and get victims to the emergency room faster. 

    Panelists will discuss incident management from several angles — from the 9-1-1 operators who take the first frantic calls to the first responders who manage the initial coordination of the event to the emergency response team who manage traffic flow and the trauma teams who see the victims of the incidents. 

    Panelists: Saralyn Hayes, 9-1-1 Manager for the Mid-America Regional Council; Sergeant Collin Stosberg, Public Information and Education officer for Troop A of the Missouri Highway Patrol; Marcus Slaughter, Incident Management Coordinator for KC Scout; David Seastrom, Outreach & Education Coordinator for Trauma & Burn Services at Children’s Mercy Hospital

  • Engineering and Innovations
    Moderator: Jim Hubble, Principal Transportation Planner, Mid-America Regional Council

    Topics coming soon