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
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.