DRIVE Smart Virginia Virtual Safety Series

Upcoming Sessions


Turning Tragedy Into Action

December 10th, 2020

2:00 – 3:20pm EST

Speakers: Jennifer Smith, StopDistractions.org; Julie Garner, Project Yellow Light; Mike Drury, Mike Drury Foundation; and others

Description: Motor vehicle crashes can have devastating outcomes for families, friends, and communities. Hear from the families of victims and crash survivors about how their lives have been affected and how they are sharing their tragedies in hopes of making our roadways safer. Speakers will discuss how providing platforms for them to engage with the community can help connect motorists with the true risks involved in driving.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Julie Garner

Julie Garner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Distracted Driving: Past, Present, Future

January 12th, 2021

2:00 – 3:00pm EST

Speaker: Raymond H. LaHood, Former United States Secretary of Transportation

Description: Secretary Ray LaHood led the charge against distracted driving in 2009 when he held the Department of Transportation’s first Distracted Driving Summit in Washington D.C. During that Summit, he told the hundreds of attendees that, “we need a combination of strong laws, tough enforcement and ongoing public education to make a difference.” Now, 11 years later, we are checking in with Secretary LaHood to see what has changed with distracted driving since that first Summit. Have we made progress in the fight against distracted driving? What more do we still need to accomplish and how do we get results? Join Secretary LaHood as he discusses the major players in this endeavor, the strategies he has found effective thus far, and the paths to success in the future.

Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood

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Lifespan Considerations in Crash-Injury Epidemiology and Traffic Safety

Wednesday, January 20th

2:00p – 3:20pm EST.

Speakers: Dr. Barbara C. Banz, Yale University; Dr. Thomas Hartka, University of Virginia; Dr. Federico Vaca, Yale University

Description: Think about how important taking a lifespan perspective in traffic safety can be. Hear about some fascinating aspects of pediatric occupant and teen driver safety you may not have previously considered! Learn about the factors associated with EMS transport decisions for pediatric patients after motor vehicle collisions, the complexities of young driver injuries and fatal motor vehicle crashes, and the factors contributing to the delay in driving licensure among U.S. high school students and young adults.

Barbara Banz

Thomas Hartka

Federico Vaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corporate Risk Management

February 3rd, 2021

2:00 – 3:20pm EST

Speaker: Phil Renaud, The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University

Description: Traffic crashes are the leading cause of workplace death in America. It is imperative to include strict traffic safety policies and programs into your business practices. Phil will discuss how to best incorporate traffic safety policies into the workplace and the most effective ways to achieve employee buy-in. Attendees will also hear from a company that has a successful safety culture and how they address fleet safety.

Phil Renaud

Phil Renaud

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Advanced Driver Technology to Prevent Distracted Driving

February 17th, 2021

Speakers: Dr. Jeff Hickman, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; Lisa Gonzalez, Lytx; Brandon Leininger, American Central Transport, Inc; and Bob Verret, Dupre Logistics

Description: During this webinar, Dr. Jeffrey Hickman, group leader for the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, will share the insights he has gained from his extensive research into distracted driving. Plus, two fleets—American Central Transport and Dupré Logistics—will share examples of how they use technology to have a real-time impact on risk and improve fleet safety. 

Jeff Hickman

Jeff Hickman

Lisa Gonzalez

Lisa Gonzalez

Brandon Leininger

Brandon Leininger

Bob Verret

Bob Verret

 

 

 

 

 

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Rural Road Safety

March 3rd, 2021

2:00 – 3:20pm EST

Speakers: Dana Fisher, Virginia Farm Bureau; Jamie Sullivan, National Center for Rural Road Safety

Description: All roads are not created equal and rural roads present a unique challenge to the drivers that travel on them. Learn about effective strategies and programs that address the rural road user and work to lower injuries and deaths on rural roadways. This includes sharing the road with slow moving vehicles, increasing seatbelt use, and improving safety culture.

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Messaging Supporting a Shift in Safety Culture

Date to be Announced

2:00-3:20pm EST

Speakers: Stephen Read, Virginia Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Transportation

Description: With so much going on in the world today, it is often difficult to gain attention to the ongoing issue of traffic safety. How can you make your message stand out and become an effective catalyst for changing driver behavior?

Virginia Department of Transportation has undertaken research into what messages resonate with drivers and will share their findings and strategies.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has challenged the public to buckle up and put the phone down and it has turned into a national movement. They will discuss how they were able to gain traction with their programming and expand its reach.

Steven Read

Steven Read

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Recordings of Previous Presentations


Teaching Teens to Drive: The Parental Role

Date: October 21

Speakers: Dr. Johnathan Ehsani, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Dr. Charlie Klauer, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Description: Parents play a critical role in teaching their teenager to drive. This webinar will present the latest scientific evidence on how to keep teenagers safe as they take the wheel. This includes practical steps on how parents can guide their teenager during the learner stage and how to reduce the risk of crashes when teenagers begin to drive on their own.

Link to recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7520593973735826695


Teen Programs That Shine

November 4th, 2020

2:00 – 3:20pm EST

Speakers: Joel Feldman, EndDD.org; Stacy Tisdale, Teens in the Driver Seat

Description: This webinar will introduce attendees to two nationally-renowned teen driver programs that are making our roadways safer.

Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) is a peer-to-peer program for teens that focuses solely on traffic safety and addresses all major risks for this age group. Teens are responsible for implementing the program while Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) provides the science, guidance and project resources.

EndDD.org is a non-profit organization that has created science-based distracted driving presentations, amassed a network of 500 speakers, and created a program to teach teens how to effectively speak up when driven distracted by others.

Joel Feldman

Joel Feldman

Stacey Tisdale

Stacey Tisdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1259129241048096013

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