NC Traffic Safety Brings Over 900 Professionals Together to Combat Roadway Fatalities Friday, April 13, 2018

WILMINGTON - More than 900 national, state and local traffic safety professionals convened this week in Wilmington for the N.C. Traffic Safety Conference & Expo hosted by the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP). The conference focused on strategies for reversing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, seeking to achieve a goal of eliminating roadway deaths.

"The objective of the conference is to bring together, educate and leverage the multitude of traffic safety disciplines to ensure the safety of all roadway users," said Mark Ezzell, director of the GHSP. "If everyone is talking to one another and being educated about issues affecting traffic safety, it will allow us as a community to be more effective at addressing the issue."

Conference participants were able to learn from leading experts in the fields of distracted and impaired driving and walking; as well as child passenger, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, teen, and older driver safety; adult occupant protection; vehicle technology; law enforcement; and commercial vehicles. They discussed the latest research, evidence-based strategies, proven countermeasures and promising new approaches in a series of 98 workshops.

The conference concluded with two sessions highlighting important traffic safety issues. The first was "The Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Traffic Fatalities in the U.S." presented by Robert Wunderlich, director for the Center for Transportation Safety at Texas A&M Transportation Institute.  The second session was a discussion moderated by Meg Miller, program manager at the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration on "Eliminating Distracted Driving". It featured Dr. Paul Atchley, senior associate vice president and dean of undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida, North Carolina State Senator Mike Lee, and Russ Dubisky with the Insurance Federation of North Carolina.

For more information, visit www.nctrafficsafetyconference.org

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