ND Vision Zero Partner Conference
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Tuesday, May 16


9:00 - 9:10 AM
Presentation of Colors and National Anthem
9:10 - 9:20 AM
9:20 - 9:35 AM
Navigating New Opportunities in Safety to Get to Zero
As traffic deaths remain at unprecedented levels, the Safe System approach provides a holistic set of strategies – including public engagement, equitable enforcement, safer infrastructure, safer vehicles and post-crash care – to reverse this roadway safety crisis. Connecting with more diverse communities and bringing in new partners who haven’t traditionally been part of the traffic safety conversation is essential to reducing the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on our roads. GHSA Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Adkins will speak about the Safe System approach, the importance of diverse partnerships, and how GHSA is working to support safety initiatives nationwide.

Vision Zero Strategies - Session One

9:35 - 10:20 AM
Working Together to Save His Life
In 2018, a serious car crash near Washburn nearly took the life of a Minot man. Thanks to the life-saving decisions of first responders – he is alive today. Learn from this formidable team, along with an expert road design engineer, as they present the 4 E’s of traffic safety: Education, Enforcement, Emergency Services and Engineering.
10:35 - 11:35 AM
Evolve and Thrive: Building a Mindset to Win in Any Situation
Our current work environment is changing faster than ever before. Every person must have a continually evolving mindset and skillset to navigate the rapid rate of uncertainty and disruption. Dr. Jones will share evidence-based principles to enhance your thinking and language to become more adaptable and resilient. With the proper perspective and skill, you can leverage the circumstances of any situation to be your best in your work and personal life.
11:35 - 12:00 PM
Vision Zero Outreach Coordinators
Learn how the Vision Zero regional outreach coordinators are promoting the Vision Zero Initiative through the state of North Dakota and how you can get involved.
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Vision Zero Awards Program

Vision Zero Strategies - Session Two

1:30 - 2:15 AM
Connected and Automated Vehicles and Our Pursuit for Safety
Connected and automated vehicles have long been promised as the around-the-corner solution to our roadway safety problems. But with 2021 US fatal crashes reaching a 16-year high, how often is automation really available and how well is it serving safety? The presentation will discuss the hype versus actual pace of automated vehicles development, equity gaps in automation, potential unintended consequences for pedestrians, and expected upcoming innovations with teleoperated vehicles.
2:15 - 3:15 PM
Trauma in the ER: Then and Now
Christopher Boe, M.D., is a board-certified emergency medicine physician in Grand Forks who has spent his career taking care of trauma patients from the region. His presentation focuses on how trauma has changed through the years and how the trauma patients are managed in the emergency room and hospital setting.
3:30 - 4:30 PM
North Dakota Highway Patrol Crash Assistance Program
In 2021 the NDHP started a Crash Assistance Program comprised of two full-time Crash Assistance Program specialists. The program is designed to provide various services to crash victims and victims of qualified crimes. These services include acting as a liaison between crash victims and the North Dakota criminal justice system as well as helping crash victims secure their rights as a crime victim.
4:30 - 5:15 PM
Engaging Law Enforcement in Child Passenger Safety Initiatives
Law enforcement officers often have a unique view of kids in car seats (or lack thereof). Whether they are on patrol, responding to a crash or making a traffic stop, their skill and knowledge in child passenger safety best practices can be impactful to our work in this arena. Join us as we host a panel discussion with members of the law enforcement community and other experts to ascertain how their certification as child passenger safety technicians is put to use on the job and learn how you might become involved in this work.

Wednesday, May 17

Vision Zero Strategies - Session Three

9:00 - 9:15 AM
Overview Day One
9:15 - 10:15 AM
The High-Way, the Ongoing Challenges of Impaired Driving and the Impacts of Legalization
Participants will learn about the impact cannabis legalization in Washington state has on impaired driving and the challenges this presents for the DUI system. This presentation will focus on poly-substance impairment: Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside impairment Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), oral fluid testing, law enforcement phlebotomy, toxicology, cannabis impairment detection workshops (Green Labs), THC isomers, impacts of CBD, screening and assessments, commercial motor vehicles and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Empowering Local Road Safety Decision-Makers to Save Lives
North Dakota elevated local road safety with a huge collaborative planning effort over a decade ago. Working with community leaders, Local Road Safety Plans were developed statewide using data-driven priorities and pragmatic, proven countermeasures that would drive down traffic injuries on these high-risk roadways. Speakers will share findings from a recent study of process with local road safety awareness and investments. Researchers will be joined by a county road engineer to share a success story constituent support for strategic investments in local traffic safety.

Vision Zero Strategies - Session Four

12:30 - 1:30 PM
How to Energize Yourself as a Rural Traffic Safety Champion
Are you wondering how to find rural traffic safety champions? Are you a rural traffic safety champion and need a boost? Holly will share her insights of planning, developing and implementing traffic safety programs. She brings humor and relatable insight through her 20 plus years as a tribal, state and federal government employee working in the field. Holly has devoted her entire career to serving rural and tribal communities.

Post Conference Training

2:00 - 4:30 PM
The Neuroscience of Leadership: Engaging the Head and the Heart of Your People
Neuroscience has entered the world of leadership with data and application that is as enlightening as it is interesting. The great leaders of the future will be those who understand how to leverage the power source of our thinking and behavior – the brain. In this session, you will learn how to utilize recent scientific discoveries to activate the brains of others and literally light them up. By implementing three brain-based leadership practices, you will boost motivation, deepen engagement, and supercharge the performance of the people you lead.