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Missouri Highway Traffic, Safety and Blueprint Conference set for end of Sept.

The 68th annual Missouri Highway Traffic, Safety and Blueprint Conference is set to take place from Sept. 27 to 29 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia and will offer a bevy of terrific sessions and networking opportunities for attendees.

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One of the event’s chairs is Charlie Nemmers, P.E. and director of the Transportation Infrastructure Center at the MU College of Engineering.

The event address what are known in the highway safety community as the 4 Es: Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Management Services(EMS). The theme of the conference is “Together Toward Zero,” referencing the goal of zero roadway fatalities. The conference event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation in cooperation with Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

One of the event’s chairs is Charlie Nemmers, P.E. and director of the Transportation Infrastructure Center at the MU College of Engineering. He said that the conference starts and ends with dynamic presentations aimed at energizing the participants to be leaders at every level to save lives. Tim Crowley’s opening address will challenge attendees to “Become Resilient Leaders in Times of Adversity, Change and Uncertainty,” and former Mizzou Director of Athletics Mike Alden will show how “Servant Leadership and Team Building are Keys for Success” in highway safety.

In between these presentations will be a full slate of 4E programming. Charlie working with Michelle Gibler, director of ThinkFirst Missouri  and faculty member in MU’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, developed sessions that include:

  • Engineering discussions which will focus on traffic signal timing
  • Pros and cons of roundabouts, innovative intersection/interchange designs
  • Work-zone safety
  • Speed limits and rural traffic safety practices
  • Implementation of the most recent Highway Safety Manual

Education topics will include child passenger safety, bike and pedestrian safety, garnering media attention in support of the safety mission and more. In terms of enforcement and emergency management systems the topics will include evidence-based traffic enforcement strategies; enforcement strategies for tired officers; First Impact Graduated Driver License training for parents of new drivers and more.

Nemmers said that this is a great conference with speakers coming from Seattle and Washington, D.C. and many places in between. More than 400 participants are registered, and he invited those interested to please register at: http://muconf.missouri.edu/traffic/Registration.html.