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Traffic Safety Culture Summit 2009

Our intention for this Summit was to move beyond informative presentations and towards action on this important work. The role of culture in improving the effectiveness of traffic safety systems is critical.
This page is an archive providing access to presentations and other documents created for and by this event. Please feel free to contact our Center for Health and Safety Culture director if you have questions or would like further information.

2009 Summit Proceedings

We completed a successful National Rural Summit on Traffic Safety Culture June 22, 2009 in Big Sky, Montana! Over 60 speakers, panelists, and attendees met to discuss the challenges of defining and improving safety culture. Presentations by leading national and international experts and advocates from different disciplines covered specific issues related to the definition, quantification, analysis, evolution and modification of culture. With the exception of the keynotes, each presentation was followed by a focused discussion between a panel of experts and the presenter in a public forum.

The following presentations have been made available courtesy of the speakers and are the sole property of the originator (speaker/author). As such, they should not be used, modified, etc. without the originators express permission.

INTRODUCTION

  • Welcome – Steve Albert, Director, Western Transportation Institute
  • National Perspective – Joseph Toole, Associate Administrator for Safety, Federal Highway Administration
  • Traffic Safety Petition  – Peter Kissinger, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • Traffic Safety Culture Introduction – Nicholas Ward, Western Transportation Institute

WHAT IS CULTURE?
Presentations on the definition and component factors of culture broadly and in the context of traffic safety.

    Panelists:

  • Rob Foss, Center for the Study of Young Drivers, University of North Carolina
  • John Lee, Human Factors Research, University of Iowa
  • Lawrence Lonero, Northport Associates

HOW DOES CULTURE INFLUENCE BEHAVIOR?
Presentations on models and evidence of how culture affects behavior broadly and in the context of traffic safety.

    Panelists:

  • Capt. Glenn Hansen, Howard County Police Department
  • Col. Mike Tooley, Montana Highway Patrol
  • Rob Foss, Center for the Study of Young Drivers, University of North Carolina

FUTURE CASTING KEYNOTES.
Keynote speakers identify new perspectives on modifying driver behavior by changing culture.

HOW CAN CULTURE BE USED TO IMPROVE SAFETY?
Presentations of case studies where culture has been used or changed to promote safer driver behavior and improve traffic safety.

    Panelists:

  • Robert Hull, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Bernie Arseneau, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Wes Lum, California Department of Transportation

CLOSING SESSION

  • MONTANA OVERVIEW – Jim Lynch, Director, Montana Department of Transportation
  • CLOSING REMARKS – Steve Albert, Western Transportation Institute

Additional Documents

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