2022 Sessions

The 2022 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit is hosting the following sessions. Spots in certain sessions are limited and advance registration is required.

Wednesday | October 19, 2022

Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician Skills Workshop

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Including Break for Lunch)

Facilitators: Johnean Morrison, OTS; Judith Mata, OTS

Capacity: 50 attendees. Advance registration required.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be provided for attending the entire conference.

The Occupant Protection Program of the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety is excited to present the opportunity to earn CEUs with Nevada CPS technician instructors from around the state. Join us for a day of learning and networking.



Motorcycle Safety Intensive Workshop

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM (Including Break for Lunch)

Facilitators: Justin McDonald, OTS; Erin Breen, UNLV Transportation Research Center

Capacity: 20 to 50 attendees. Advance registration required, but walk-ins will be accepted if space allows.

We need your help in a working group exercise for addressing the increased motorcycle fatalities and crashes on State Route 341/342 (Geiger Grade). We will analyze data to understand root causes, develop a multitude of potential short and long-term countermeasures, and decide which of those can most affect change. This will be a collaborative, interactive, and fun event!



Speed Management Panel

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Moderator: Pat Gallagher, Parsons

Presenters: Lacey Tisler, NDOT; Todd Hartline, OTS; Tim Burrows; Dan Gordon, Nevada State Police



What Works and Does Not Work in Reducing Recidivism in DUI Court Interventions

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Moderator: Meg Matta, OTS

Facilitators: Judge Scott Pearson, Region 8 Judicial Outreach Liaison; Judge Michael Montero, Nevada State Judicial Outreach Liaison

There is no evidence jail, fines, or community service stops repeat DUI offenders. What does? This session will review the evidence regarding what works and what does not in reducing DUI recidivism. Learn what strategies are proven effective in reducing recidivism in DUI Court interventions.



Redefining Possible in Traffic Safety through Community Engagement

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Moderator: Tiffani May Noel, OTS

Creating Sustainable Change Through Community Engagement: Kyle Curtis, R&R Partners

With media clutter at an all-time high, Kyle will share ideas and strategies on how to move beyond ad campaigns to create sustainable safety behavior change through innovative community activations and partnerships.

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Community Engagement in Transportation Planning and Project Implementation: Dan Doenges, RTC of Washoe County

Transportation safety is a priority in all projects, programs, and services that RTC provides. “Safe and Healthy Communities” is a guiding principle of RTC. This presentation will demonstrate how safety is addressed in project selection and prioritization and the tools and techniques that RTC utilizes to encourage public participation, particularly in historically underserved communities.

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Finding Solutions for Traffic Safety in Indian County: Sherry Ely-Mendes, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

States and tribal authorities are striking up partnerships and employing other strategies to develop and deploy culturally relevant roadway safety programs and messaging for tribal communities to increase inter-jurisdictional collaboration.

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Anatomy of a DUI

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Moderator: Meg Matta, OTS

Presenters: Shannon Bryant, Nevada Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor; Andrew Granata, Nevada State Police

Nevada Traffic Safety Resource Prosecuter and Lt. Andrew Granata from Nevada State Police will explain what occurs in a DUI investigation and prosecution, from the traffic stop to trial. Along the way, they will show how important training and preparation for law enforcement and prosecutors is to holding impaired drivers accountable and protecting the public.

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Planning Programs for Safer Roads

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Moderator: Amanda Brandenburg, OTS

Las Vegas Vision Zero – Using GIS to Improve Transportation Safety: Lia Grimaldi, City of Las Vegas; Cesar Lopez, Wood Rogers

The City of Las Vegas has been working to establish the first Vision Zero program in Southern Nevada. A significant part of developing such a program requires the efficient collection, combination, and analysis of a large number of data sets to identify areas with the highest traffic safety concerns. GIS has been a key solution: by pulling information from data partners and city and community stakeholders, we have been able to create interactive maps and make informed choices on where to implement improvements. So far, the City’s Vision Zero program has been divided in three phases, and GIS has been a valuable tool throughout:

  • Citywide Intersection Crash Mitigation Program (CICM) – The first phase of Vision Zero identified locations and types of crashes occurring on local roadways. The City sought to do this through a CICM Program that utilized a data-driven approach to identify intersections throughout Las Vegas with the highest number of crashes and crash rates. Large amounts of traffic data were analyzed, which automated the presentation of results, and quickly shared analysis outcomes.
  • Vision Zero Action Plan Development – A big focus for Vision Zero has been equity. We wanted to create a High Injury Network with a focus on communities of concern (e.g., concentrations of low-income populations, minorities, pedestrians, seniors, and people with disabilities). By collecting this information, we determined disadvantaged communities are impacted by higher rates of crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries.
  • Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Preparation – To apply for the grant, we utilized GIS to identify a pilot corridor that had the greatest need for a safety overhaul that aligned with the strategies set forth in our Action Plan. In addition to the GIS data sets used in previous phases, we added data sets to identify a lack of appropriate amenities and infrastructure in our High Injury Network.

This presentation will highlight how GIS has been an asset to each phase of our Vision Zero program thus far, what data sources were utilized, and how challenges were encountered and overcome.

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Two Programs, Six Es, One Goal!: Scott Bohemier, Carson City Public Works; Jennifer Grube, Clark County School District

The Safe Routes to School Programs of Clark County and Carson City will come together to talk about how the different styles of two programs can still use the 6 Es (Engagement, Equity, Engineering, Encouragement, Education, and Evaluation) with the same goal in mind. That goal is to reduce injuries and fatalities of students while increasing their physical activity. Scott Bohemier and Jennifer Grube will share how their programs use the 6 Es and how they have improved safety around schools. For example, they will provide a snapshot of the Carson City Safe Routes Master Plan and the benefits of this plan when planning and engineering roadways. They will also discuss the importance and styles of engaging with students, families, teachers, and community leaders. Topics that will also be covered are how the programs have had to shift with the recent inclusion of high schools to Safe Routes to School.

While this presentation is focused on two Safe Routes to School programs, the information presented can be used in multiple facets of the planning and engineering of safer streets for everyone.

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Law Enforcement Showcase

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Moderator: Todd Hartline, OTS

Racing Apprehension and Intervention Detail (RAID): Mike Thiele, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Illegal car races are invading American streets from coast to coast, and they are happening right here in Nevada. The consequences can be deadly and can terrorize neighborhoods. Please join Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Thiele as he discusses Metro’s Racing Apprehension and Intervention Detail, and what is being done to combat this growing traffic safety concern.

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Washoe County School Zone Safety Initiative: Mike Browett, Reno Police Department

During the first half of the 2019-2020 school year, Washoe County experienced an unprecedented increase in injury crashes involving students walking or bicycling to school. The numbers were of great concern, 20 crashes injuring 25 students, including three life-altering injuries and one fatality. Reno Police Department Lt. Mike Browett will discuss the formation of a local law enforcement coalition to address the issue and how a muti-pronged approach of education and enforcement has made a positive impact.

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Utah’s Traffic Safety Wins: Kevin Larsen, Utah Department of Public Safety – Highway Safety Office

In 2017, the Utah Legislature passed HB155, which lowered the BAC from .08% to .05%. On December 30, 2018, Utah became the only state to have a .05% law. In 2021, due to the substantial increase observed for willful and wanton disregard of speed limits, the Utah legislature passed laws increasing fines and penalties for speeding and reckless driving. Law Enforcement Liaison Kevin Larsen will discuss these traffic safety wins that are potentially saving lives every day.

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Bike Safety Tour

(Outdoor Activity)

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Facilitators: Albert Jacquez, NDOT

Capacity: 12 attendees. Advance registration required.

Meet in the foyer near the registration desk. E-bikes and helmets will be provided.



Safer Crossings

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Moderator: Carrie Krupp, OTS

Animal-Vehicle Collisions in Nevada: Nova Simpson, NDOT

Presentation covering the data NDOT uses and the process to determine project recommendations and research projects. This session will include a showing of the 12-minute documentary (Re)Connecting Wild.

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Determining Driver and Pedestrian Actions in an Urban and Rail Environment Utilizing LiDAR: Richard Gent, Nevada Operation Lifesaver

Presentation of the results, advantages, and disadvantages of using LiDAR to document driver/pedestrian responses to portable driver awareness signs at rail crossings.

Union Pacific Railroad Crossing Assessment Process (CAP): Peggy Ygbuhay, Union Pacific Railroad

Presentation on UPRR’s CAP, an initiative started in 2015 to enhance grade crossing safety in the communities where it operates.



Safe System Approach for Everyone

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Moderator: Rebecca Kapuler, NDOT

Presenters: Tim Burrows; Lacey Tisler, NDOT; Susan Klekar, Federal Highway Administration

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Thursday | October 20, 2022



Nevada SHRP2 Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Including Break for Lunch)

Facilitator: Pat Gallagher, Parsons

Capacity: 75 attendees. Advance registration required.

Certification Provided.

This four-hour TIM Certificate Course provides participating incident responders the knowledge necessary to clear critical incidents as quickly as possible, reducing secondary crashes. Scene safety, communication, and relationship building will be emphasized in a multi-agency, multidiscipline training approach with highly-qualified instructors from multiple law enforcement agencies, fire agencies, NDOT, towing companies, and private-sector emergency responders. The course structure will consist of four hours of training with education credit for engineering, post-law, EMTs, as well as towers that are required to complete the course in Nevada.



Legislative Policy Panel Discussion

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Moderator: Shannon Bryant, Nevada Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor

Panelists: Commissioner Alexis Hill, Washoe County; Commisioner Delmo Andreozzi, Elko County; Mayor Ed Lawson, City of Sparks



Crash Investigation and Reporting Completeness

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Moderator: Kevin Tice, OTS

Nevada Traffic Data: Use of Secondary Datasets for Research and Visualization to Inform Stakeholders: Laura Gryder-Culver and Merika Charupoom, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

In this presentation, you will learn about the varying data initiatives overseen by this interdisciplinary team of researchers, which spans beyond UNLV’s medical school into public health, engineering, criminal justice, and psychology. In addition, the presentation will include exploration of the Center for Health Information Analysis (CHIA) traffic injury interactive dashboard along with a live demonstration.

Manual Work Delegation to an AI-Supported Computer: Dr. Jay Park, UNLV

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the United States in 2010 suffered 24 million damaged vehicles, 3.9 million injuries, and 32,999 deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes. Crash data (e.g., crash reports) are critical for designing and deploying countermeasures in various forms of infrastructure solutions, education programs, or enforcement policies. Many activities associated with crash data are manual and thus ineffective and inefficient, which in turn limits its potential impact that could otherwise be exercised. The research in this presentation shows an effort to automate portions of manual processes encountered when dealing with crash data in various stages (e.g., data collection and analysis). The presentation will focus on how we can introduce AI to our domain to accomplish work delegation to an AI-supported computing system, especially for those that are repetitive and time consuming.

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The Seatbelt Non-Use Behavior of Unlicensed Drivers in the U.S. – Should We be Concerned?: Dr. Shashi Nambisan, UNLV Transportation Research Center; Kwaku Boakye, Arcadis US

This presentation includes analysis results that show the higher risk of seatbelt non-use among unlicensed drivers versus licensed drivers and how the data can be used to address policy questions about unlicensed drivers’ behavior.

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Keeping Young Drivers Safe

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Moderator: Nick Nordyke, OTS

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Nevada: Future of No More Victims: Lindsey Valdez, MADD

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Impact Teen Drivers – Engaging, Educating, and Empowering with Evidence-Based Programs and Resources: Leah Sisemore, Impact Teen Drivers

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) History, Procedures, and Parent Resources: Kevin Malone, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles



Transportation Safety Equity

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Moderator: Amy Davey, OTS

Oregon Statistical Transparency of Policing (STOP) Program Overview: Kelly Officer and Katherine Tallan, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission

The Oregon STOP Program was created by HB 2355 in 2017. The bill mandated that by 2021, all Oregon law enforcement agencies must submit data regarding officer-initiated traffic and pedestrian stops to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The Commission then analyzes the submitted data for evidence of racial or ethnic disparities on an annual basis. STOP Program researchers will present an overview of the program, research methodology, and analysis findings to date.

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Equity in Active Transportation: Rebecca Kapuler, NDOT

Trends in Fatal Crash Disparities: Rita Hill, NHTSA

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Effective Technologies for Traffic Safety

1:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Moderator: Mike Colety, Kimley-Horn

ITS Countermeasures Mapped to Safe Systems and Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs): Naveen Veeramisti and Ram Jagannathan, Atkins

Atkins has developed an innovative way of helping state and local DOTs map safety emphasis areas in their SHSPs with the Safe Systems approach. In this presentation, we will showcase the mapping of emerging vehicular, pedestrian, bicyclist, and infrastructure-based ITS countermeasures to the Safe Systems Approach, helping DOTs improve mobility and safety while advancing the goals and objectives in their SHSPs.

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Lighting for Traffic Safety: Dr. Hao Xu, University of Nevada, Reno; Jorden Kaczmarek, NDOT

NDOT Traffic Safety Engineering, UNR, and Vision Zero Truckee Meadows worked together to collect street light illumination data on Washoe County urban roads, analyzed the relationship between illumination and night crashes, and suggested safety indexes and a method to identify roads for street light improvement.

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Wrong-Way Driver Technology: Kevin Maxwell, NDOT

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Safe System Approach for Motorcycles

1:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Moderator: Justin McDonald, OTS

Presenter: Dr. Ray Ochs, Motorcycle Safety Foundation

This session explores the theory and practices related to the Safe System Approach toward Zero Fatalities with particular emphasis on motorcycle safety. This includes a look at the Safe System Approach’s nine assumptions, five elements, and six principles. Participants will discuss ideal as well as practical countermeasures.



Nuts and Bolts of Grants

1:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Facilitators: Johnean Morrison, OTS; Judith Mata, OTS

Do you struggle every year to complete the grant application process? Do you wonder exactly what information/data to include in your submission? We will walk participants through the process of submitting an Occupant Protection/Child Passenger Safety grant application with the resources you need to make this task easier.



Nevada TIM Responder Demonstration – Mass Casualty Incident Scenario

(Outdoor Activity)

Briefing: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Outside Demo: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Facilitators: Pat Gallagher, Parsons; David Strawn, Parsons; and more

Capacity: Unlimited, but advance registration is required to gauge attendance.

If you have ever wondered what is happening at a major crash scene when you pass it, please join the Nevada TIM Coalition members for a live, hands-on demonstration with first responders. You are invited to observe as our expert responders provide a step-by-step walkthrough of the decision-making process as they respond to inured victims, including a safety talk, hands-on training for first responders, and a full-blown crash debriefing. Media and the audience may ask questions and participate in this event!