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May 18, 2006
Contact: Ann Branden, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889.

KU Continuing Education brings traffic safety experts to transportation conference

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Continuing Education and the Kansas Department of Transportation have invited transportation safety officials from across the region to the annual Transportation Safety Conference.

“Safety nE4ws You Can Use (4Education, EMS, Enforcement, Engineering)” will be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23-24, at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park.

Rob Kaufman of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle will deliver the keynote address, “Crash Injury and Restraint Technologies.” Kaufman, coordinator of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network, has lectured extensively on injury prevention and assessing crash-injury mechanisms. He is a certified federal crash investigator.

“Our goal is to provide our local officials with the most up-to-date information from leading safety experts,” said Pete Bodyk, Traffic Safety Bureau chief for the Kansas Department of Transportation. “Every segment of the transportation safety community will benefit from this conference.”

Law enforcement officers, public officials, educators, emergency workers and other interested parties will discuss a wide range of issues during breakout sessions centered on four themes: youth, law enforcement, injury control and roadway safety.

Howard Rodenberg of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and longtime advocate of Kansas traffic safety initiatives will address the plenary session on May 23.

The 2006 People Saving People Awards will be presented May 24. This prestigious award is presented to any nominated individual, organization or program that has had a positive effect on Kansas transportation safety through community leadership and engineering, education and awareness or enforcement and response.

For more information or to register, call toll free (877) 404-5823 or visit


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