Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference Agenda

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Traffic Safety Initiative Conference

April 2 - 4, 2014

Hilton Houston NASA Clear
3000 NASA Road 1
Houston, TX 77058


 Introduction (Agenda, Participant Roster, Board and Staff Roster)

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)


Day 1 - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

11:30 - 5:00 pm Registration
1:00 - 5:00 pm Level I Preparation Course: Clerk Certification Study Session
1:00 - 5:00 pm Level II Preparation Course: Clerk Certification Study Sessions
1:00 - 5:00 pm Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth
Gary Teeler, Assistant Commander, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Division
4:30 - 6:00 pm An Evening with Exhibitors
5:00 - 6:00 pm Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Thursday, April 3, 2014

6:45 - 7:50 am Registration & Breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 am Welcome & Announcements
Course Director: Sharon Hatten, Judge, City of Midland
8:05 - 9:05 am Technology and Traffic Safety
Dr. Paul Atchley, Professor, Psychology, University of Kansas
9:20 - 10:10 am Teens Speak: A Panel Discussion on What Influences Young Drivers
Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
10:25 - 11:25 am

Drug Impaired Driving
Dwain Fuller, Forensic Toxicologist, Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System, Dallas

11:30 - 12:00 pm

Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Award Winners: A Video Presentation
Presented by Julie Escalante, Presiding Judge, City of Baytown and President, TMCA

12:00 - 12:50 pm Lunch
  Magistrates Nuts & Bolts
Traffic Safety
1:00 - 2:10 pm

DWI Blood Search Warrants: Statutory and Case Law
Warren Diepraam, Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County

Dismissals: Driving Safety Courses, Teen Court, and Court-Ordered Treatment
Stewart Milner, Presiding Judge, City of Arlington

Child Safety Seat Laws
Lynda Walker, Certified Child Passenger Seat Technician and Law Enforcement Liaison, Texas Municipal Police Association

Model Outreach Panel
Presented by the Low Volume Courts Traffic Safety Award Winners: Harker Heights, Lakeway, Linden, Magnolia, and Moulton (low volume courts serving a population below 30,000)
2:25 - 3:35 pm Bond Conditions and Ignition Interlock Devices
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton, 

Deferred Disposition
Rosie Caballero, Court Administrator, City of Coppell
What’s On the Road?
Robin Smith, Presiding Judge, City of Midland
Model Outreach Panel continued Presented by the Medium Volume Courts Traffic Safety Award Winners: College Station, La Porte, and San Marcos (medium volume courts serving populations between 30,000 and 149,999).
3:50 - 5:00 pm Alcohol Monitoring Technology and Demonstration
Dottie McDonald, Judicial Services Liaison, Smart Start
Federal Motor Carrier Laws
Lester Rorick, Presiding Judge, City of Pasadena
Successful Community Programs for Teen Drivers
Guy Benson, Director, and Deborah Parsons, Assistant Director, Danger Without Intentions
Model Outreach Panel continued
Presented by the High Volume Courts Award Winners: Arlington and Irving (high volume court serving a population of 150,000 or more).
5:05 - 6:00 pm Vendor Bingo (Note: Vendors will be available throughout the entire conference.)

Day 3 - Friday, April 4, 2014

6:45 - 7:50 am Breakfast
  Juveniles Alcohol Community
8:00 - 9:15 am

Building a Mock Trial (DRSR)
Lindsey Mena, Juvenile Case Coordinator, City of San Marcos

Proving a DUI Case
Robby Chapman, Program Director, TMCEC

Alive @ 25
John Brady, Executive Director, Texas Alive Team

9:30 - 10:45 am Minors and the Alcoholic Beverage Code (ABC)
Pat Riffel, City Administrator, City of Friendswood

Social Hosting Laws
Texans Standing Tall
Specialty Courts
John Bull, Presiding Judge, City of San Antonio
11:00 - 12:00 pm Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Why Municipal Courts Matter
Katie Tefft, Assistant City Attorney, City of Houston
12:00 pm Conference Adjourns
1:00 - 5:00 pm Clerk’s Certification Test (Levels I, II, and III)

Credit Hours

CLE Credit: Up to 10 hours if attended 8-5 on Day 2 and 8-12 on Day 3
3.75 additional hours if attended the optional session from 1-5 on Day 1

Judicial Education and Clerk Certification Credit: 12 hours if attended 8-5 on Day 2 and 8-12 on Day 3
4 additional hours if attended the optional pre-conference session from 1-5 on Day 1

TCOLE Credit: 12 hours if attended 8-5 on Day 2 and 8-12 on Day 3
4 additional hours if attended the optional pre-conference session from 1-5 on Day 1