Traffic safety conference kicks off

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COLUMBIA – Nearly 500 community leaders from throughout the state will gather for the 2016 Traffic Safety and Blueprint Conference Tuesday. 

The event will last three days, and attendees will include engineers, law enforcement, first responders, educators and high school students. 

“They will be charged to go back to their communities and talk about highway safety, roadway safety and programs and strategies that can be implemented at the local community level to help reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Missouri’s roadways,” Highway Safety Director Bill Whitfield said. 

The event will include presentations on the latest edition of Missouri’s Blueprint – A Partnership Toward Zero Deaths, the state’s strategic highway safety plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities.

“Our goal for this is that no one dies because of a traffic crash, and we know the best way to avoid a crash is to prevent it. Oftentimes that first level of prevention is the driver of the automobile, and so we need them to take extra precaution,” Whitfield said.

The conference will include discussions on a variety of topics including driver habits, pedestrians and intersection designs.

Whitfield said some of the most dangerous driver habits are driving impaired and driving distracted.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center and will begin at 1 p.m.