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Upcoming Training

Child Passenger Safety Webinars




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Hosted by:
the UNC Highway Safety Research Center

In order to help Child Passenger Safety Technicians receive the continuing education they need to maintain certification, the BuckleUpNC program has committed to bringing quality webinars to Technicians. To achieve this the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and Safe Kids North Carolina have collaborated to bring a Child Passenger Safety webinar series to NC Technicians.

Recorded Webinars

NC Vision Zero Data Tools



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)


Data can be overwhelming. NC Vision Zero's website has many tools that are freely available to explore, each letting the user to explore the various data about NC's crashes. These tools will break down the data to a level that is not overwhelming. Matt Kuliani, NC Vision Zero's site guru and a senior member of the Geospatial Analytics and Decision Management group at ITRE at NC State, will guide you through these tools in this 1 hour webinar.

Presented by:
Matt Kuliani
Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University

Community Engagement and Outreach on a Budget



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You don’t have to have a large budget to launch an effective community outreach campaign. This presentation will cover social media advertising, building effective messages for outreach, and free communication tools.

Presented by:
Tracy Anderson
Traffic Safety Communications Team Lead
Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University

Combatting Creative Defenses Through Investigation and Expertise



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)


GERD? Diabetes? They weren’t a problem roadside, but they suddenly crop up in court. What about drivers that start drinking AFTER a crash? Is it legitimate? Often these are more creative reasons than realistic defenses. Furthermore, an expert can reveal to the court that these defenses are not truly defenses to impaired driving.

Presented by:
Paul L. Glover
Branch Head (retired), Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch,
NC Department of Health and Human Services

The Comprehensive Cost of Rail Incidents in North Carolina



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Unlike highway crashes and incidents, rail related incidents incur a host of industry-specific impacts can be exponentially more costly. There has been a growing need for an accurate measure of rail incident costs that reflects the broad spectrum of events that occur on the railway, including highway-rail grade crossing crashes, rail trespassing crashes, and non-crash delay incidents.


The Institute for Transportation Research and Education, under the leadership of the North Carolina Rail Division, has developed a user-friendly cost tool that is capable of estimating the comprehensive set of costs that result from a rail incident. The tool evaluates costs stemming from property damage, injuries and fatalities, delay, rerouting, and supply chain events, as well as emergency responder costs.


Pedestrian strikes are a key subset of the many types of rail incidents that occur on North Carolina’s rail network. Crossing deaths of pedestrians (as opposed to those of motor vehicle occupants) have increased from approximately 10 percent of total crossing deaths in the late 1970s to 35 percent in the middle 2010s. As part of this webinar, safety considerations related to pedestrian strikes will be closely examined.

For this webinar, Roger Smock will discuss the importance of rail safety and countermeasures. Steve Bert will demonstrate how the Comprehensive Cost of Rail Incidents Cost Tool can be used to illuminate the economic and social impacts resulting from rail incidents and show how the tool can be used to generate support for countermeasures and expanded safety training. Sarah Searcy will share key findings from her rail trespass research, including key sources of pedestrian conflicts and opportunities to mitigate rail trespass strikes.

Presented by:
Roger Smock
NCDOT

Steve Bert
Planning Communities

Sarah Searcy
Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University

Overcoming DUI Defenses



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

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Learn how to anticipate and effectively respond to defense theories and practices in impaired driving cases. This webinar will cover multiple considerations for law enforcement and prosecutors to help create more powerful case files and ensure effective prosecutions of Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI) cases.

Presented by:
Jeff Sifers
Oklahoma DAs Council

Ashley Schluck
Laramie, WY City Attorney

The Implicit Four Letter Word: A Scratch on the Surface



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

During these times of political and social unrest and division in our nation, especially in the law enforcement and prosecution, it is more important than ever that we all look inward to be cognizant of our own internal beliefs and biases. The purpose of this presentation is to recognize the intersection of personal bias, privilege and how they can affect the way that we administer justice.

Presented by:
Nicole Cofer
West Virginia TSRP

Assessing Community Readiness for Vision Zero in North Carolina



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Vision Zero is more than a safety campaign and will require significant community mobilization from diverse sectors and strong leadership in order to be accomplished. So, just how engaged are the community members and key stakeholders in North Carolina to come together to end serious injuries and fatalities on our roads? Using an adapted version of the Community Readiness Assessment (CRA), we interviewed stakeholders across the Vision Zero communities in the state to determine the extent to which communities: 1) understand the problem of road fatalities and serious injuries; 2) have knowledge about current road safety efforts in the community; and 3) are able to leverage the resources and leadership to do so. This webinar will present results from the assessment and propose next steps for increasing community "readiness" in North Carolina to achieve Vision Zero.

Presented by:
Elyse Keefe MPH, MSW
Road Safety Project Coordinator
UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

DWI Checking Stations: How to Get Them Right



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

In this webinar, we will go over all the best practices for setting up and conducting DWI checking stations, from statutory compliance to constitutional concerns. We will also address common issues that occur during a checking station, the evidence you need in court to prove your checking station was lawful, and an overview of the latest developments in checking station case law.

Presented by:
Joe Byrd
NC SHP

Justin Philbeck
NC Conf of DAs

Medical Conditions which Mimic Impairment



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

Impairment may be caused by a medical condition, drugs and alcohol. This session will examine some common medical conditions with signs and symptoms also seen with impairment due to drugs and alcohol.

Presented by:
Eric Sweden
Lieutenant
Raleigh Police Department

Impacts of COVID-19 on Walking and Bicycling in North Carolina



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

ITRE examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on bicyclist and pedestrian activity in North Carolina by analyzing count data from the North Carolina Non-Motorized Volume Data Program (NC NMVDP). This webinar will share results that highlight changes in daily and hourly volume patterns on shared use paths, sidewalks, bike lanes, and shared lanes in North Carolina during the pandemic from March 2020 through February 2021 in comparison to trends from previous years. Results show that pedestrian and bicyclist volumes were measurably impacted by the abrupt shift in work, schooling, and commerce during the pandemic when compared to historic trends.

Presented by:
Sarah Searcy, MA
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager
Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University

Standard Field Sobriety Tests and Drugs: Hit or Miss?



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Despite defense claims that the Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) miss the mark in identifying drug-impaired drivers, the SFSTs are, in fact, a valuable tool for law enforcement to rely upon in identifying drug impairment. Join Wisconsin’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors as we delve into these assertions by the defense bar. We’ll look at what, if any, evidence they have to support their claims and offer practical tips on how to respond.

Presented by:
Tara Jenswold
Assistant Attorney General
Wisconsin Department of Justice

Emily Thompson
Assistant Attorney General
Wisconsin Department of Justice

North Carolina Mobility and Crash Characteristics During the COVID-19 Pandemic



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

In this webinar, we will examine mobility and crash trends in North Carolina before and during the pandemic, comparing 2019 and 2020 data. We will focus on crash characteristics, including severity and accident type, number of vehicles involved, urban and rural locality, road class, speeding, belt use, impairment, and road lighting condition.

Presented by:
Dr. Randa Radwan
Director
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan
Senior Transportation Research Engineer
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Case Law Update: NC Courts DWI



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)


This webinar will involve a discussion of recent N.C. appellate court cases involving highway safety related issues. The cases will concentrate on stopping of vehicles, impaired driving offenses and vehicular homicides.

Presented by:
Isaac T. (Ike) Avery III
Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
NC Conference of District Attorneys

Young Drivers Today: Where Do We Go From Here?



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

Over the past 25 years, tremendous progress has been made in reducing deaths among young drivers and their passengers. This webinar will address next steps for improving safety. Topics will include graduated driver licensing (GDL), the impact of COVID-19 on young drivers, helping parents of new drivers, choosing a safe vehicle, the role of law enforcement, and more.

Presented by:
Arthur Goodwin
Associate Director for Behavioral Research
University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC)

Improving your Marijuana DWI Investigations



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

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In this webinar we will discuss marijuana related DWI investigations and tips on how to improve them. We will also talk about the science of marijuana and how that impacts investigations. Finally, we will touch on some new trends issues relating to marijuana.

Presented by:
Deena Ryerson
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Oregon Department of Justice

Communication Tips for Public Outreach



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

In our scrolling and streaming culture, we all have to work strategically to get through the noise online, reach our target audiences, and encourage behavior change. This one hour webinar will include best practices and practical information about how to communicate effectively with the public.

Presented by:
Tracy Anderson
Research Associate
Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University

Using NCVZ Crash Data Tools



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

Data can be overwhelming. NC Vision Zero's website has many tools that are freely available to explore, each letting the user to explore the various data about NC's crashes. These tools will break down the data to a level that is not overwhelming. Matt Kuliani, NC Vision Zero's site guru and a senior member of the Geospatial Analytics and Decision Management group at ITRE at NC State, will guide you through these tools in this 1 hour webinar.

Human Behavior and Road Safety



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

Why do people do what they do? In road safety, the term "human factors" is typically used to describe how people respond to the roadway environment. However, this term conveys and oversimplified notion of the role of human behavior in transportation safety. Humans are more complex than simply a list of discrete factors. Understanding human behavior is key for any successful transportation safety initiative. In this webinar, participants will learn key principles of human behavior and how to apply that knowledge to solve transportation safety problems.

Presented by:
Bevan Kirley
Senior Research Associate
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Wes Kumfer
Engineering Research Associate
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Dan Gelinne
Senior Research Associate
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Fewer Crashes and Less Delay with New Intersection Designs



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

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North Carolina leads the world in the number of installed reduced conflict intersections, and we also have installed median u-turns, continuous flow intersections, quadrant roadway intersections, and other new designs. The objective of this session is to show why these new intersection designs make sense in some spots. We will show the pros and cons of the new designs, look ahead to a future with more new designs, and discuss how to communicate to drivers and taxpayers regarding the new designs.

Presented by:
Joseph Hummer, PhD, PE
Mobility and Safety Division
NCDOT

Where Do You Go and How Do You Get There? The Art and Science of Effective Travel Survey Design



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

Travel surveys can be a valuable source of information on how, where, and why people get around. Yet much like constructing a bridge without a solid grounding in physics, many surveys are seemingly built without knowledge of the principles of survey question construction.

In this webinar, participants will discuss the importance of considering data interpretation during survey construction and ways to test survey questions. Participants will also explore survey do’s and don’ts toward helping us all better understand people's transportation patterns, perceptions, motivations and decisions.

Presented by:
Wes Kumfer
Engineering Research Associate
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Seth LaJeunesse
Assistant Director
National Center for Safe Routes to School
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Tabitha Combs
Research Associate and Lecturer
UNC Department of City and Regional Planning

Wrong Way Driving



Recorded Webinar (YouTube)

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Wrong way crashes on freeways are a rare but serious occurrence. This webinar will cover an overview of the wrong way driving crash problem and engineering strategies that can be used to combat the problem.

Presented by:
Daniel Carter, PE
Traffic Safety Project Engineer
NCDOT

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