Traffic Safety Conference

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Day 1 - Monday

10:00 – 4:30 p.m. Optional Session: Curbing Impaired Driving in Your Community: Blood Draws and No-Refusal Weekends 
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Optional Session: Juveniles Behind the Wheel: Tools for Reaching Young Drivers
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Alive at 25 Driver’s Awareness Course
Sergeants Renee Koog and Erik Grasse, Georgetown Police Department and Texas Alive Team
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Preparation Courses: Level I & Level II - Clerk’s Certification Program
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The Drunk Driving Experience: DWI Simulator and Rollover Convincer (in the parking lot)

Day 2 - Tuesday

8:05 – 8:50 a.m. Why Safe Driving is Important to Our Community (.25 hrs. ethics)
W. Clay Abbott, DWI Resource Prosecutor, TDCAA

9:05 – 10:15 a.m. Understanding Risk Perception: Why Dangerous Driving Choices Can Feel Safe
David Ropeik, Instructor, Harvard University; Author, How Risky Is It Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts; and Blogger, Risk: Reason and Reality at


10:30 – 10:55 a.m. Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Award Winners: A Video Presentation
Awards presented by Donna Starkey, Presiding Judge, City of Alvin
11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Traffic Safety and Transportation Related Case Law Update* (.25 hrs ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel and Director of Education, TMCEC






1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Driving on the Right Side of the Road: featuring the Tex and Dot Puppet Show*
Irene M. Webster, Traffic Safety Specialist, Marcus Sandifer, Public Information Officer, and Charlotte Aslin, Contract Specialist, TxDOT (Atlanta District) & Lisa Robinson, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC
(.5 hrs ethics)

Drug Impaired Driving
Dr. Sarah Kerrigan, Laboratory Director, Sam Houston Regional Crime Laboratory

Driver’s License Laws and Offenses
Candace Chappell, Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of Irving


Courts, Communities, and Classrooms: Educating the Public about the Law*
Bonnie Goldstein, Presiding Judge, Royse City
(.5 hrs ethics)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Laws for Minor Drivers
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton

Intoxicated Driving
Ray Dittrich, SFST Program Manager, TMPA

Travels Through the Transportation Code
Gilbert Hernandez, Deputy Clerk, City of Fort Worth

Model Outreach Panel
Presented by the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Award Winners
and facilitated by
Lisa Robinson, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC
3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Alive at 25
Renee Koog, Sergeant, and Erik Grasse, Officer, Georgetown Police Department

Role of the Magistrate in DWI Blood Search Warrants*
W. Clay Abbott, DWI Resource Prosecutor, TDCAA
(.25 hrs ethics)

Insurance Laws and Offenses
Peter Graham, Judge, City of Irving

Day 3 - Wednesday






8:00 – 9:15 a.m..

Unmasking CDL Masking Laws*
Kevin Madison, Judge, City of Lakeway    
(.75 hrs ethics)

Speeding and Speed Limits
Joe Gorfida, Jr., Partner, Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith, LLP

Pedestrian and Bicycle Laws
David Hamilton, Prosecutor, City of Reno in Lamar County

Technologies to Enhance Traffic Safety
Robin Smith, Presiding Judge, City of Midland

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Federal Motor Carrier Act Offenses
Lester Rorick, Presiding Judge, City of Pasadena


Passenger Restraint Laws and Debates
Cathy Riedel, Program Director, TMCEC

Motorcycle Laws
Stewart Milner, Presiding Judge, City of Arlington

Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety
Bob Gilbert, Senior Research Specialist, Texas Transportation Institute and Frank Mooney, Law Enforcement Liaison, NHTSA

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Distracted Driving: A Panel Discussion on Federal, State, and Local Response
Lieutenant Craig Cannon, Highway Enforcement Command, Austin Police Department
Stewart Milner, Presiding Judge, City of Arlington
Richarda Momsen, Municipal Clerk, City of El Paso
Janiella Shirley, Assistant City Attorney, City of Austin
Katie Tefft, Program Attorney, TMCEC



* Denotes Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives (MTSI) or Driving on the Right Side of the Road (DRSR) curriculum funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
+ Denotes course that shall be submitted for ethics MCLE credit.

Up to 15.75 CLE
Up to 5.00 Ethics