Transportation Safety Conference Program

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KDOT Transportation Safety Conference

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2022 Transportation Safety Conference Program

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Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, April 4, 2022

Workshop Session 1 – 8:30 a.m. - Noon

Traffic Incident Management Systems

Speaker: Rusty James, Traffic Operations Specialist and Keith Lindemann, Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute

Workshop Session 2 – 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

High Risk Interdiction/Traffic Stops/K9 Deployment (PDF)

Speaker: Sheriff Mike Lewis, Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Maryland


27th Annual Transportation Safety Conference

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Opening & Keynote Address - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Vanessa Spartan, Chief of Transportation, Kansas Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety
Chris Bortz, Assistant Chief, Bureau of Transportation Safety, Kansas Department of Transportation
Burt Morey, State Transportation Engineer, Kansas Department of Transportation
Susan DeCourcy, Regional Administrator at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Richard Backlund, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration


Keynote Address - It's in the Numbers (PDF)

Speaker: Chris Bortz, KDOT


Concurrent Session 1 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Traffic Enforcement is Criminal Enforcement

Attendees will receive instruction on the immense advantages of proactive policing through motor-vehicle traffic stops designed to detect criminal deception, wanted fugitives, major drug-traffickers, and other criminals.  Through the eyes of real in-car camera footage, specialized instruction will be received on roadside interview techniques designed to detect deceptive behavior. Instruction on proper canine deployment will be provided to attendees with special emphasis on identifying concealment methods being utilized by gang members and drug-traffickers, and you’ll learn the best practices for breaching these hides. As the importance of Traffic Stops increase, so does the probability that an officer will interdict terrorists, fugitives, and large shipments of drugs as they are being moved from one location to another. During these interdiction stops, officers are often confronted with potentially dangerous and/or deadly situations while being challenged more today than ever before.  Defiance is the new norm. 

Speaker: Sheriff Mike Lewis, Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

Developing, Analyzing, and Interpreting Crash Records

Developing, Analyzing and Interpreting Crash Records presentation (PDF)

Speakers: Steve Schrock, University of Kansas and Peter Flucke, We Bike

K-State & Manhattan Drive to Zero Coalition

The Kansas State University, #Cats3D — Cats Don't Drink and Drive initiative is an opportunity for commitment, awareness, education and engagement regarding efforts to promote "Drive To Zero" and designating a sober driver when needed at K-State. A key focus of this initiative is mitigating risk related to impaired driving by promoting use of a SafeRide and other prevention measures relevant to the University and Manhattan communities. Kansas State University collaborated with established stakeholders on campus and within the city of Manhattan community (local businesses, university student leadership, administration, community leaders and organizations) to identify opportunities to connect, educate and increase awareness among students on the issue of impaired driving. This outreach and engagement initiative provided access to exiting resources for safety and designating a sober driver if needed.

Speakers: Dr. Cheryl Grice, Director of Strategic Relations, Kansas State University, Lieutenant Jessica Brooks, Kansas State University Police Department, and Kelli Farris, Executive Director, Career for Student Involvement, Kansas State University Office of Student Life


Lunch and Plenary Session - National Roadway Safety Strategy - 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.

Speakers: Susan DeCourcy, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Richard Backlund, Federal Highway Administration


Concurrent Session 2 - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Cannabis, Impairment, and Green Labs

More Information Soon

Speaker: Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Hutton speaking for Extract-ED

Roadway Safety Assessments: Making Your Roads Safer

Download the Roadway Safety Assessments: Making Your Roads Safer (PDF)

This session will discuss how a Road Safety Audit may be used to identify concerns and countermeasures at all stages of a project's lifecycle. Participants will hear about the RSA process, training to facilitate an RSA, and how an RSA program may fit into an agency's larger safety program and align to the National Roadway Safety Strategy. Examples of Road Safety Audits, from rural two-lane facilities to complex urban freeways, will be presented from across the North America.

Speakers: Andrew Ceifetz, WSP and Becky Crowe, FHWA

What We Wish People Knew about Traffic Crashes

More Information Soon

Speakers: Trooper Ben Gardner, Public Resource Officer, Kansas Highway Patrol and Alan Stahl, Public Education Officer, City of Topeka Fire Dept.

Child Passenger Safety on School Buses

More Information Soon

Speaker: Jennifer Booge, Program Manager, Mobility Safety Roadway Practice at National Safety Council


Concurrent Session 3 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Impaired Driving - The Current State of Enforcement and Rising Crashes and Fatalities - MADD Law Enforcement Programs

MADD’s vision is: A nation without drunk and drugged driving and its mission is: to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving,  support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. Traffic Enforcement is down and crashes are up in all areas including impaired driving related crashes.  We are currently treading in the wrong direction.  MADD has supported and worked with our law enforcement partners and heroes since its founding in 1980.  Hear about the programs MADD currently has to support law enforcement in their efforts to eliminate impaired driving crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Speaker: Ron Replogle, National Law Enforcement Initiatives Manager, M.A.D.D.


Developing Local Road Safety Plans in Kansas Using Systemic Analysis

Developing Local Road Safety Plans in Kansas Presentation (PDF)

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), as part of their strategic goal to reduce fatalities and serious injuries within Kansas is conducting a Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) for participating counties within the state.  An LRSP is a resource to assist local public authorities as they select and prioritize projects that will have the biggest impact on safety based on the crash types and high-risk roadway characteristics in their jurisdiction.  LRSPs use a data-driven, systemic risk factor analysis to identify and prioritize safety improvement projects on the county’s LRSP routes.  These plans place an emphasis on low-cost systemic improvements; that is, the approach is proactive rather than a reactive approach based on “hot spots” where crashes are occurring.

Speakers: Jim Stanek, TranSystems and Lindsay Francis, WSP


Kids and Cars

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Speaker: Lori Haskett, NHTSA


Drug Trends and Recognizing Behaviors

More Information Soon

Speakers: Technical Trooper Carson Nuss, Kansas Highway Patrol, and Matt Payne, Kansas Highway Patrol


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Concurrent Session 4 - 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.


Regional Data Brainstorm Sessions

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Concurrent Session 5 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Ignition Interlock

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Speaker: Technical Trooper Carson Nuss, Kansas Highway Patrol


Understanding Speeding and Fatalities During COVID

Understanding Speeding and Fatalities During COVID

Speakers: Jessica Hutton, Burns & McDonnell and Captain John Lehnherr, KHP


Active Transportation Plan

More Information Soon

Speaker: Jenny Kramer, Bike-Ped Coordinator, Kansas Dept of Transportation


Driver Education Opportunities

Driver Education Opportunities presentation (PDF)

The Driver Education Reimbursement Grant pilot program was placed into legislation as part of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (ELTP or “IKE”)  to aid driver education providers in encouraging students, who might otherwise be financially unable to do so, to take their course.  Any entity that enrolls in this competitive grant shall be reimbursed, not to exceed $200 per eligible student, upon the student’s successful completion of the driver’s education program. This is set to expire in July 2023.  A description of the enrollment and reimbursement process will be explained as well as some highlights of the first program year (school year 2020-2021).

Speakers: Jenny Lancaster , KTSRO and Noel Schneider , KDOT (IKE Program)


Announcement of 2021 Transportation Safety Awards & Plenary Address - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Power of One

Speaker: Garry Parker

This page is updated regularly as program information is finalized leading up to the event. A PDF of the full printed program will be available online prior to the event, as well.

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