Details on the pre-conference workshops are now available! Three workshops will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8. Be sure to indicate which workshop you want to attend when you register for the conference.
Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian
Lauren Blackburn, AICP
Senior Project Manager
This workshop will introduce the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian program and available resources, including the FHWA Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations. The instructor will provide an in-depth overview of the guide and the STEP countermeasures. Participants will work in small groups to review sample sites and roadway conditions to identify countermeasure options.
Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth (F.R.I.D.A.Y. Program)
This workshop includes five different sessions on alcohol and drug abuse prevention training. The sessions are Youth and Alcohol, Drugs and Youth, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, Impaired Driving, and a section on Prevention. The presentation is often given to school and college officers and those who work with students, though those who work outside of schools find it useful, too. TCOLE credits also will be available. View brochure.
Early Adopter Success: Experiences Integrating STEP and DDACTS
Lance Arnold, Chief, Weatherford PD
Anthony Boone, Asst. Chief, Longview PD
Sgt. Darin Lair, Crime Analysis, Longview PD
Jadonna Manion, Analyst, Longview PD
Changes to the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for FY 2019 have shifted the focus of enforcement operations from areas of low compliance to areas with disproportionate levels of fatal and serious injury crashes. This data-driven enforcement style is designed to be an operational component of the nationally recognized and NHTSA-endorsed Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) philosophy, which encourages agencies to modify its traffic-enforcement models to impact both crashes and crime. In the past three years, more than 20 law enforcement agencies in Texas have begun working toward implementing the DDACTS model with training provided through a grant with the Texas Department of Transportation. The Longview and Weatherford police departments are two of the early adopters. Hear representatives from each department speak about their journey to implement DDACTS and how they plan to augment their efforts with STEP enforcement.