Mineta to drive home traffic safety message

| Thursday, October 11, 2001

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta is scheduled to discuss his administration's highway safety programs and policies with more than 350 top transportation and health officials from across the country at the National Association of Governors' Highway Safety Representatives' (NAGHSR) Annual Meeting at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, CA, Oct. 14-17.

This year's program, "Drunk, Distracted & Dangerous" will explore solutions to reach high-risk drivers - those least likely to respond to traffic safety messages. Seventeen sessions over the three-day meeting will feature panelists from across the country discussing highway safety challenges, and answers to topics ranging from distracted driving and red light running to booster seat issues, drugged driving and unlicensed drivers.

According to NAGHSR Chair John Moffat, "The tragic events of Sept.11 have caused many Americans to choose to drive to their destinations, increasing the likelihood of injuries and fatalities on our roads. It remains critical for the states and the federal government to forge a strong traffic safety partnership to prevent further lives from being lost. Cutting-edge solutions, innovative technology and aggressive education and enforcement programs discussed this week will help us attain our ultimate goal - getting every American home safely."

Newly appointed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Dr. Jeff Runge, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Marion Blakey and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Spike Helmick also will address the latest traffic safety trends and policy issues throughout the nation. They, along with federal and state agency staff, nonprofit safety groups, representatives from the private sector and law enforcement will discuss the challenges posed by high-risk drivers.

For a complete listing of session topics and speakers call Jonathan Adkins at (202) 789-0942 or visit www.statehighwaysafety.org. After Oct. 11, call (202) 439-0211.

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