Street Smart: Innovations in Traffic Safety


NCSL NewsLawmakers to Tackle Traffic Safety in 'Street Smart' Meeting

Denver—Distracted and impaired driving, vehicle technology, and pedestrian and bicycle safety will be among topics on the agenda at a meeting about traffic safety in advance of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. Street Smart: Innovations in Traffic Safety will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Ballroom B at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

During the pre-conference, policymakers, experts and officials from all levels of government, state transportation departments, academia, law enforcement, the private sector, and research and advocacy groups will share promising laws, programs and strategies in order to make all modes of transportation safer. The meeting will be co-chaired by Oregon Senator Bruce Starr, president of NCSL and a recognized authority on transportation issues. Co-chairs are Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble, chair of the Minnesota Senate Committee on Transportation and Public Safety, Arizona Senator Steve Farley and Washington Representative Ed Orcutt.

“Being able to travel in a safe manner is crucial to all citizens, no matter how they travel or where they live,” said Starr. “By bringing together experts and stakeholders in a non-partisan environment, we will be able to produce substantive takeaways for state lawmakers and others determined to create smart, effective policies.”

The Street Smart pre-conference is supported by 3M, the Coalition for Interlock Manufacturers, National Coalition for Safer Roads, American Academy of Pediatrics, AAA and State Farm Insurance Companies.

NCSL’s 2014 Legislative Summit takes place Aug. 19-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Now in its 40th year, the Summit is the largest gathering of state lawmakers and legislative staff in the country.

All meetings held in conjunction with the Summit are open to the press. Registration is required, but free to credentialed members of the media. On-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 201B at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.

Since 1975, NCSL has served as the bipartisan organization serving the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.