The 2019 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit was held on October 15-17 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. Organized each year as part of Nevada’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan at the direction of the Nevada Executive Committee on Traffic Safety, the annual event is hosted by the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety. The Summit engaged over 300 traffic safety partners, industry professionals, educators, and advocates to discuss traffic safety in Nevada. Attendees well represented the “five Es” of traffic safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Emergency Medical Services, and Everyone.
The Summit began with breakfast on Tuesday morning before attendees broke out into a variety of workshops. Workshops included FHWA’s Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training, Motorcycle Accident Scene Training, and the Vision Zero Truckee Meadows Charette.
The Nevada TIM Coalition presented a Traffic Incident Demonstration and Training Exercise, staging a fatal crash scene in the Nugget parking lot. Multiple agencies from across the state came together to reproduce a crash reconstruction scene. The event focused on responder safety and demonstrated the best techniques for clearing a crash scene from the roadway as quickly and safely as possible. The event was covered by several local news channels. Click here for Channel 8 coverage of the event.
Workshops continued Wednesday with Part 2 of the Vision Zero Truckee Meadows Charette, Traffic Safety Grant Application Training, Emotional Survival training with Dr. Kevin Gilmartin, and TIM Sessions “Entering the ‘Matrix’ – Reducing Secondary Crashes” and “Towing and Recovery Incentive Program.”
After the morning sessions and workshops concluded, attendees joined in the ballroom for the keynote presentation with Cara Filler on “The Drive to Save Lives.” Wednesday afternoon breakout sessions and panel discussions covered a variety of current traffic safety topics including:
- Innovative Partnerships to Reduce Risky Driving
- 24/7 Moving Ahead
- Pedestrians/Intersections at the Crossroads
- Fresh Approaches to Young Drivers
- Getting People to Care: Traffic Safety Best Communication Practices
- Impaired Driving Update: Blood, Breath, and Weed
- Engineering Our Way to Zero
- Primary Seat Belt Law: A Roadmap for Action
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan and Joining Forces Awards ceremony was held Thursday morning, followed by a message on Nevada’s Top Traffic Safety Priorities from Department directors: George Togliatti, Director of the Department of Public Safety; Julie Butler, Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles; and Cole Mortensen, Deputy Director of NDOT. The Summit wrapped up with an engaging discussion on Traffic Safety with Nevada Senator James Settelmeyer, Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, Assemblyman Steve Yeager, and Utah Representative Lee Perry that was facilitated by Amy Davey, Administrator of the Office of Traffic Safety.
Thank you to those who attended the Summit this year, and we will see you next year in Las Vegas for the 2020 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit!