ND Vision Zero Partner Conference
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Wednesday, April 3


1:00 - 1:10 PM
Presentation of Colors and National Anthem
North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) and Sydney Helgeson, Miss North Dakota
1:10 - 1:20 PM
Join Governor Burgum for opening remarks.
1:20 - 1:35 PM
Opening Remarks
Learn how NDDOT is implementing the Vision Zero Initiative and how your agency can become a partner to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on our roadways.

Vision Zero Strategies - Session One

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.
4:40 - 4:50 PM
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Update
NHTSA will share North Dakota’s road safety successes, national trends and priorities and what to expect on the road ahead.
5:45 - 7:00 PM
Vision Zero Awards Ceremony
Join Senior Policy Advisor Mason Sisk 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.

Thursday, April 4

Vision Zero Strategies - Session Two

8:45 - 9:35 AM
Putting the Peeeeces Together
Ensuring road safety requires a unified and collaborative approach. The integration of the four "E" disciplines — Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Medical Services — is imperative. These disciplines work together to address local traffic safety issues and enhance public awareness through the adoption of best practices. This panel will share how the four E’s contribute to the resolution of local traffic challenges when they join forces with fellow traffic safety advocates in their communities.
9:50 - 11:00 AM
Vision Zero Outreach Coordinators Regional Group Breakout
Meet the local Vision Zero Outreach Coordinator in your region, learn how they are promoting the Vision Zero initiative throughout the state of North Dakota and how you can utilize their expertise to help reach the Vision Zero goal.
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Increased Fines in Construction Work Zones
The Associated General Contractors of North Dakota and their safety committee is putting together a legislative bill to address increasing fines in construction work zones for the state of North Dakota. Learn why this is a necessary change to protect workers on roadways.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Buckle Up Phone Down
Lack of seat belt use and distracted driving are leading factors in motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries in North Dakota. Buckle Up Phone Down (BUPD) is Vison Zero’s newest program to remind individuals, businesses and schools that two of the most impactful decisions drivers can make are to buckle up and put their phone down. Speakers will share how to bring BUPD to your community.

Vision Zero Strategies - Session Three

1:00 - 1:50 PM
Have Roundabouts INCREASED Crashes in North Dakota?
As more roundabouts are installed around North Dakota, do you ever wonder if they have caused crashes to increase? This presentation will journey through our state’s roundabouts, highlight crash patterns/trends and settle the question of whether roundabouts INCREASE crashes.
1:50 - 3:00 PM
Harnessing the Power of Small Actions
This presentation is as motivational as it is informative. The goal is to instill hope and possibility while introducing the concept that an individual’s choices and behaviors add up to significant change.