2014 Transportation Safety Conference

Monday–Wednesday • April 21–23, 2014 • Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kan.

Sponsored by University of Kansas Continuing Education and a federal grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation

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Conference Features

Providing timely topics of interest, the conference is designed to share and update information from all facets of the transportation safety community. The program features breakout sessions on injury control, law enforcement, youth issues and roadway safety.

Who Should Attend

Law enforcement personnel, judges, city and county government officials, educators and counselors, engineers, EMTs and EMS workers, bus drivers, teen drivers, safety advocates and special interest group representatives.

Pre-Conference Schedule, Monday, April 21:

9:00 a.m.—Noon
Confronting Driver Medical and Cognitive Challenges
(Dr. Bonnie Dobbs, Director of the Medically At-Risk Driver Centre, University of Alberta)
This workshop deals with understanding and responding to an increasingly prevalent phenomenon; namely, that of drivers with elevated levels of cognitive and medical impairment who may be endangering themselves and others. Among the areas addressed will be the effects of medical conditions on driver competence, procedures for the identification of medically at-risk drivers – including a simple pencil and paper screening tool for use by licensing and primary care personnel – and the use of alternative transportation in rural and urban settings. DMV, law enforcement, driver education, primary care, and transit personnel will all find this session helpful. Three contact hours of instruction.
9:00 a.m.—Noon
A Step-by-Step Approach to Tackling Crime by Coupling Data Analysis with Traffic Enforcement
(Bill Sullivan, NHTSA; Capt. Bill Hisle, Shawnee PD)
This session will lead attendees through the steps necessary to gather and analyze data in such a way as to direct the use of simple traffic enforcement measures into crime reduction strategies. It is ideal for public safety personnel, prosecutors and other local officials, and applicable to a variety of settings – urban and rural, small and large. Three contact hours of instruction.
1:00—5:00 p.m.
High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug, and Concealment Trends and Identifiers
(Officer Jermaine Galloway, Boise, Idaho PD)
Officer Galloway presents around the nation on a variety of youth, drugs, and alcohol topics, and chief among his presentations is High in Plain Sight. This workshop covers alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, drug-related music and groups, code words, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, social networking sites, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, concentrates, E-cigarettes, and popular party drugs. Learn also about common stash compartments that can be used to hide weapons inside everyday clothing containers and other items, along with the relationship between alcohol, drug and violence tendencies. This session is unique, in that it provides over 120 visual aids for attendees to hold and become familiar with. It’s going on in our corner of the world; we just don’t recognize it.
This workshop is for parents, educators, law enforcement, DRE officers, prevention providers, drug/alcohol coalitions, probation officers, school administration, primary care and treatment providers, counselors, school bus personnel and anyone else who wonders, “How can anything this monstrous be happening around me, in plain sight, and I not see it?!” Four contact hours of instruction.

Main Conference Schedule

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Check-In & Conference Hours

Conference hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. You may check in and pick up conference materials at the registration table beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Lunch for both days is included in the full conference registration fee. In addition, daily continental breakfasts and morning breaks will be provided. Tuesday will also feature an afternoon break. If you have special meal requirements, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the conference.

Pre-Conference Training Session (Additional registration fees required)

The optional pre‐conference training sessions take place on Monday, April 21 at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kansas. Session hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beverage breaks will be provided and lunch is on your own. Check‐in for these sessions begins 30 minutes prior to start time. For more information on the pre‐conference session content, send e‐mail to halbett@ksdot.org or call 785‐296‐0296.

Hotel & Parking

The conference will be held at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka, Kansas. You will need to make your own hotel reservation for the conference. A block of rooms has been reserved until March 28, 2014 at the conference rate of $89 plus tax per night for single or double. After March 28, 2014, room availability and rates cannot be guaranteed.

Reservations can be made online at www.capitolplazahoteltopeka.com Click on “Reservations” and you will be redirected to reservations page. Select “Groups” to continue booking. The attendee code for the discounted rate is TRAN14 Once the code is entered, you will be able to select the dates and book your reservation. OR, call the hotel directly at (800) 579-7937 (please mention you are part of Transportation Safety Conference or group code TRAN).

The Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center has ample free parking for your convenience. For more information about the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center please visit their Website by clicking here.