Pre/Post-Conference Meetings

All conference activities are at the Charlotte Convention Center • Charlotte, NC • March 26-28, 2017

The following five meetings will be held in conjunction with the Lifesavers Conference in Charlotte.
Pre-registration is required; there is no on-site registration.

Be sure to check back on this page for updates – additional meetings may be added.

Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Healthcare Needs - Offsite (11.5 CEUs offered)

Dates:         Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time:          8:00am to 5:00pm
Location:  Children and Family Services Building, 601 E 5th St, Charlotte, NC  28202
Fee:             $200
Register:   Register online at www.preventinjury.org. Once on the program website, Click on the “Training Dates” link at the top of the page.  You will be redirected to the list of pending courses, where you will find the link for the Pre-Lifesavers course. Registration is open through February 28, 2017.

This course is designed to serve as enrichment training for child passenger safety technicians who are interested in learning more about special needs transportation.  The two-day training combines classroom lectures and discussion with hands-on exercises, including interactions with families.  Participants will be introduced to medical conditions that can affect restraint selection and have the opportunity to investigate and install specialized restrain systems. The training includes a written exam and proficiency check-offs that evaluate the participant’s ability to assess appropriate restraints and to demonstrate proper use and installation.

Questions about this workshop, contact Jason Skinner, Occupational Therapist with the National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, jasaskin@iu.edu,
or call 317-274-6716.

Large Truck and Bus Enforcement Training (LT&BET) “Train-the-Trainer” Course


Date:           Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time:           9:00am – 1:00pm
Location:   Charlotte Convention Center, Room 213 B/C
Fee:              None, but pre-registration is required
Register:   Register online at the same time as you register for the conference. If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

On behalf of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), this pre-conference meeting intends to introduce the participants to the training curriculum currently being delivered to law enforcement officers and traffic safety advocates regarding the importance of re-investing time and attention to commercial motor vehicle traffic enforcement. Attendees of this session will be provided with the information and material they need to teach the course to other law enforcement officers and traffic safety advocates within their respective state, thereby advancing the importance of CMV traffic enforcement.

In 2016, the training was focused on the ten states (TX, CA, IL, NC, OH, PA, GA, FL, IN, and NY) that have the highest number of large truck, bus, and other commercial vehicle fatality and serious injury crashes.  However, in addition to continuing with the delivery of the training in these states, IADLEST intends to ensure the training is delivered in several other states, to include AL, AZ, OK, and TN, which are also experiencing a high volume of serious CMV related crashes.

Questions about this workshop, contact Keith Ternes at keithternes@iadlest.org, or call 701-630-4016

CPS Pre-session: Crash Course Road Trip (2 CEUs offered)

Date:           Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time:           1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location:   Charlotte Convention Center, Room 217 A
Fee:              None, but pre-registration is required
Register:   Register online at the same time as you register for the conference. If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

Join us for a road trip focused on crash testing and evaluation. Get your pre-trip check list done as we kick off the session with the CDC’s Holly Billie who will provide a road map on evaluation and CPS. We’ll take a detour to hear from IIHS’s Marshie Agee and Consumer Reports’ Jennifer Stockburger as they discuss their crash testing protocols and major findings. Don’t skip the weigh station! Learn from UMTRI’s Miriam Manary about car seat misuse consequences. We’ll end with UPPAbaby’s Paul Gaudreau tying it all together with a look at crash dynamics, crash testing, and how advanced safety features mitigate crash forces.

Questions about this workshop, contact Kerry Chausmer, Safe Kids at kchausmer@safekids.org,
or call 202-662-0639

BIA-Indian Highway Safety FY2018 Grants Writing Training


Date:           Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time:           1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location:   Charlotte Convention Center, Room 213 A
Fee:              None, but pre-registration is required
Register:   Register online at the same time as you register for the conference.  If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

This course is designed to help federally recognized tribes prepare for and submit a grant proposal to the Indian Highway Safety Program.  It provides information on the documents required for submission, information on internal controls and fraud, financial requirements of the grant, guidance on monthly and annual report requirements, and a “hands-on” review of the grant application(s).

Questions about this workshop, contact Kimberly Belone, IHSP Program Coordinator at 505-563-3900

Safe Systems and the U.S. Road Assessment Program (usRAP)


Date:           Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time:           2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location:  Charlotte Convention Center, 213 D
Fee:             None, but pre-registration is required
Register:  Register online at the same time as you register for the conference. If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

Join the Roadway Safety Foundation for an in-depth look at how its unique U.S. Road Assessment Program (usRAP) is helping in the push Toward Zero Deaths!  Recognized by the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts Initiative as an important resource for data-driven safety analysis, usRAP is part of a global effort whose vision is a “world free of high-risk roads.”  Using freely-available and user-friendly tools like Google Streetview™, usRAP star rates roads for safety on a familiar 1-5 scale, and provides a plan of action for road improvements that prioritize injury prevention.

Questions about this workshop, contact Bruce Hamilton, Roadway Safety Foundation at brucehamilton@roadwaysafety.org or call 202-857-1203

Take a Peek Behind the Doors and Under the Covers at Britax (1.5 CEUS offered)

Date:           Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Times:         8:30 AM – 10:00 AM or 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Location:   Britax Child Safety Inc., 4140 Pleasant Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Fee:             None; participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Britax facility.
Britax is approximately 13 miles / 20 to 25-minute drive depending on traffic.
Register:   Attendees must pre-register and visit the Britax booth at Lifesavers to pick up final details. Registration closes March 23, 2017. Use this link to sign up: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D44AEA828ABF58-take 

Britax will offer plant tours to currently certified technicians and instructors as part of the 2017 Lifesavers Conference.

Questions about this tour, contact Sarah Tilton at sarah.tilton@britax.com, or 704-409-1695