Lifesavers Conference focuses on victims, responders

It was an honor to attend this year’s Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities in Long Beach, California. I meet so many men and women, who are on the front lines every day keeping us safe. The gathering of state and local highway safety officials, police officers and other first responders, private and non-profit program providers, students, academicians, and others made the three-day event the largest gathering of highway safety professionals in the United States.
At the opening session, I had the opportunity to speak to more than 2,000 attendees about Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the personal tragedy of having our son Dustin killed by a drunk driver. I also moderated a victim impact panel. There were dozens of workshops covering a variety of topics. Each one I attended was engaging and enlightening. 
Speakers at the event included Administrator Mark R. Rosekind from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, California Highway Patrol  Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety President Adrian Lund, and Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency Brian Kelly. Our own, although now retired, National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager Carl McDonald was honored at the Public Service Awards Luncheon. 

I was impressed to see the dedication and caring of the attendees, knowing how hard they work to make the county a safer place to live. As someone remarked at the opening session – they are the “guardians of good.” It also encouraged me to know that they are working with us each day toward our goal of NO MORE VICTIMS®.

#Lifesavers2016 took off on Twitter, and I was excited to see my story made a difference. Here are a just a few of the comments: