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UMTRI researchers participate in Michigan Traffic Safety Summit

April 15, 2015

UMTRI staff from several research groups participated in the 20th annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit, held in East Lansing on March 24.

This year’s summit featured nearly seventy speakers from Michigan and around the country discussing a range of topics including roadway engineering, motorcycle safety, impaired driving, pedestrian safety, senior mobility, winter driving, enforcement issues, and many more.

Among the UMTRI speakers at this year’s summit were research professor Raymond Bingham, speaking on the impact of motorcycle helmet repeal; research professor David W. Eby, associate research scientist Lisa J. Molnar, and Renee St. Louis, speaking on senior mobility strategies and resources for aging drivers; associate research scientist Jingwen Hu, speaking on occupant protection; and associate research scientist Daniel Blower, speaking on pedestrian safety and identifying the riskiest pedestrian situations.

As a special highlight of the summit, Mike Prince, Director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, presented UMTRI’s Charlie Compton with a certificate of appreciation for Charlie’s forty-two years of dedicated work in traffic safety. Charlie retired from UMTRI on March 31, 2015.

Photo: Staff from UMTRI’s Center for the Management of Information for Safe and Sustainable Transportation (CMISST) hosted an exhibit table at the summit promoting the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts web site. Shown from left are Prabha Narayanaswamy, Lisa Park, Charlie Compton (standing), Patrick Bowman, and Helen Spradlin. Other CMISST staff members in attendance but not pictured were Jared Karlow and Laura Malik.

Credit: Jonathan Benallack, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning