DRIVE Smart Virginia Virtual Safety Series

DRIVE Smart Virginia Virtual Safety Series

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.

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.

Speakers: Phil Renaud, The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University; Eric Spalsbury, Stanley Steemer International

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Speakers: Jennifer Smith,; Julie Garner, Project Yellow Light; Mike Drury, Mike Drury Foundation; Nina Todd, Back to the Dirt Back to the Moon Foundation; and Christina Dempsey, Three Ribbons for Three Reasons

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.

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