1:35 - 2:25 PM
Building Stronger Communities with Miss North Dakota
Originally from Bismarck, Sydney Helgeson was crowned Miss North Dakota 2023 in June. Sydney will share her story, the opportunities she’s gained from the Miss America Organization, and her efforts to build stronger communities across our state by helping people get more involved and understand their role in their community. As a longtime advocate against distracted driving, Sydney believes it is everyone’s responsibility to create safe roads with the goal of zero fatalities.
2:40 - 3:40 PM
When Tragedy Strikes: Lessons Learned from the Hatton-Northwood School Bus Crash
Tragedies can happen anywhere and at any time. When motor vehicle emergencies occur, immediate response is required from multiple agencies, and the outcome is dependent on responders' training, preparedness and ability to work together. In 2023, a bus from Hatton-Northwood carrying the school’s volleyball team was involved in a crash. The response team members will share key takeaways from this horrific incident and how their actions led to what has been described as a “phenomenal” response.
3:40 - 4:40 PM
What Tools Can We Use to Prevent Drug-Impaired Driving?
Drug-impaired driving is a growing problem in North Dakota. The NDDOT Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, an NDHP Drug Recognition Expert and an ND State Toxicologist led the effort to define, implement and analyze oral fluid roadside testing through a pilot project. Experts will share their experiences and how the project is helping implement proactive strategies for law enforcement and legislative policy regarding drug-impaired driving.
5:45 - 7:00 PM
Vision Zero Awards Ceremony
Join representation from the Governor’s Office, NDDOT Director Ronald Henke, Col. Brandon Solberg and Vision Zero Outreach Coordinator Theresa Liebsch as they recognize North Dakotans for their exceptional effort to save lives on North Dakota roads.