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State, National Traffic Safety Leaders to Convene in Scottsdale

September 03, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Arizona Governor’s Highway Safety Office will host the annual GHSA meeting at the Fairmont Scottsdale Sept. 7-10.

Approximately 400 top highway safety and public health officials from across the country will be in attendance. General session speakers for the event include:

-- Monday, 9/8, Opening General Session, 8:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Victor Mendez, director, Arizona Department of Transportation

Roger Vanderpool, director, Arizona Department of Public Safety

James Ports, deputy administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  Keynote Presentation

-- Tuesday, 9/9, General Session, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Adrian Lund, president, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Dr. Lund will announce a new teen driving report and discuss evidence-based highway safety strategies.

Susan Ferguson, principal, Ferguson International, LLC. Dr. Ferguson is currently program manager for a multi-year research program for the development of advanced alcohol detection technology and seeks to develop in-vehicle technology that may prevent drunk driving.

Robyn Robertson, president and CEO, Traffic Injury Research Foundation

-- Tuesday, 9/9, Highway Safety Awards Luncheon, 12:15 p.m-2:00 p.m.

National awards for achievement in highway safety will be presented. Special guest: recording artist and actress Kate Voegele. Voegele appears courtesy of Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program.

The 2008 GHSA conference, titled "Turning Knowledge into Action," focuses on how to translate research into effective state highway safety programs. Workshops will address a multitude of traditional and emerging highway safety issues. Workshop topics include:

-- Underage Drinking and the National Minimum Drinking Age

-- Distracted and Inattentive Driving

-- Making Teens Safer Drivers

-- Improving Motorcycle Safety

-- Use of Speed Cameras to Reduce Speeding-related Fatalities

-- Implementing Ignition Interlocks for Drunk Driving Offenses

A conference program is available online at



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