The 2018 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit was held on October 16-18 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Nevada Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety–Office of Traffic Safety, the annual event brings together traffic safety partners, industry professionals, educators, and advocates to discuss the challenges of traffic safety with respect to the ever-changing world around us.
Approximately 300 representatives of the five “E’s” of traffic safety (Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Emergency Medical Services, and Everyone) attended this year’s Safety Summit. The Summit kicked off on Tuesday morning with multiple training sessions and discussions, including Nevada Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training, Safety Program Grant Application Training, and a workshop on Vision Zero and Pedestrian Safety in Clark County. Distinguished guest Congresswoman Dina Titus addressed Summit attendees at the Task Force Luncheon, where attendees gathered with their Critical Emphasis Area Task Force for lunch to discuss strategies and priorities for each Critical Emphasis Area: Intersection Safety, Impaired Driving Prevention, Lane Departure Prevention, Motorcycle Safety, Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Safety, and Young Driver Safety. Afternoon workshops included an outdoor staged fatality crash event presented by the TIM Coalition, the Anatomy of a Motorcycle Crash, and a continuation of the Vision Zero workshop.
Wednesday kicked off with a “call to action” from key leaders in Traffic Safety and the official launch of the “Don’t Kill a Dream” media campaign. Breakout sessions followed including Safety Communications, Impaired Driving, Assessment Tools, The Problem with Driver’s Education in Nevada, Traffic Records/Survey Research, a Young Driver Panel, Engineering Countermeasures, the Pitfalls of DUI Courts, and Emerging Technology and Traffic Safety. The Summit Keynote featured Jane Terry from the National Safety Council and Road to Zero.
Thursday’s sessions included a presentation on Emerging Technology and Traffic Safety, a legislative panel discussion, and concluded with the Strategic Highway Safety Plan awards luncheon. Thursday’s attendees included some of our state legislators, including Joyce Woodhouse of Nevada State Senate District 5, Ozzie Fumo of Nevada State Assembly District 21, David Parks of Nevada State Senate District 7, and Mo Denis of Nevada State Senate District 2.
Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit, and a special thank you to our sponsors, exhibitor, and speakers for making the event a great success! Please join us next October in Reno for the 2019 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit. Click here for more information including presentations from the 2018 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit.