Symposium on Traffic Safety


IPTM’s annual Symposium on Traffic Safety will focus on the emerging technology and innovative solutions being utilized in both the crash reconstruction and highway safety fields. This event combines our two biggest conferences – Special Problems in Traffic Crash Reconstruction and the Symposium on Impaired Driving Enforcement – into a four-day intensive learning experience, where you can:

  • Collaborate and network with more than 400 traffic crash/homicide investigation and DUI/DRE professionals from across the country
  • Expand your knowledge by choosing from crash and/or DUI breakout sessions
  • Maximize your learning with hands-on activities with world-renowned experts
  • Explore the exhibitor hall for some of the industry’s most advanced products and services

Conference Highlights

  • Two Tracks: Crash Investigation/Reconstruction and DUI/Traffic Enforcement
  • 80+ sessions and 40 speakers
  • Two keynote speakers/general sessions
  • Hands-on crash and impaired driving activities with world-renowned experts
  • Exhibit hall, showcasing the latest products and services for traffic safety
  • Welcome reception
  • Six optional 8-hour training programs and ACTAR Exam offered on Friday, May 25

Keynote Speakers

Jay Rifenbary

No Excuse! – Incorporating Core Values, Accountability and Balance into Your Life and Career

Jay Rifenbary is an internationally renowned motivational speaker promoting core valuesaccountability and personal integrity and international best-selling author. Rifenbary is a former qualified Airborne/Ranger and Military Commander. He received his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. 

John Whetsel

Sheriff John Whetsel (Retired)

He lost his family to an impaired driver. Now, after leading one of the nation’s most progressive traffic safety agencies for six terms, Sheriff Whetsel travels the country promoting the role that all of us have in making our roads safer

Impaired Driving and Traffic Enforcement Sessions

  • Body Worn Cameras and the DUI Investigation
     - Master Sergeant Allan Kolak, Cape Coral (FL) Police Dept.
  • Compassionate Medical Cannabis - What It Means To The Street Officer
     - Detective Luis Lopez, Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office
     - ASA Garrett Berman, Broward Co. (FL) State Attorney's Office
  • DRE Evaluations for Recertification
     - Detective Luis Lopez, Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office
  • DUI and Social Media
     - Officer First Class Frank L. Imparato, University of Central Florida Police Dept.
  • DUI Report Writing: Best Practices for Completing the DUI Alcohol/Drug Influence Report
     - Mr. Vin Petty, Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
  • Fentanyl, Fentanyl Analogs, Carfentanil, U-47700, Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals & Other Dangerous Substances
     - Mr. Dan Zsido, National Training Education Director, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators
  • Florida’s DUI Administrative License Suspension Process
     - Mr. Tom Moffett, Assistant General Counsel, Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
     - Mr. Vernon Howell, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Administrative Reviews for the Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Florida DUI Case Law Update
     - Mr. Ben Fox, Assistant State Attorney, Brevard County (Florida) State Attorney’s Office
  • Florida Legislative Update 
     - Mr. Peter N. Stoumbelis, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (Retired)
  • Impacts of Marijuana in Washington State: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned 
     - Deputy Chief Steve Johnson, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
  • Prosecuting the Drugged Driver
     - Detective Luis Lopez, Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office
     - ASA Garrett Berman, Broward Co. (FL) State Attorney's Office
  • Strategies for Impaired Driving Enforcement
     - Detective John Cullen, Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff’s Office
  • Uniform Traffic Citation Reporting
     - Ms. April Langston, Operations and Management Consultant II, Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Using High Visibility Enforcement to Counter Increasing Traffic Deaths
     - Chief Howard B. Hall, Roanoke Co. (VA) Police Dept.
  • Utilizing Crash Data Performance Metrics to Drive Improvement
     - Mr. Richie C. Frederick, Program Manager, Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
     - Mr. Thomas Austin, Management Analyist, Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Other Tentative Topics

  • Breath Test Update
  • DUI from the Defense Attorney Perspective
  • Oral Fluids
  • Toxicology

Crash Reconstruction Sessions

  • 3D Crash Reconstruction and Simulation as Easy as 1, 2, 3
     - Mr. Brian G. McHenry, President, McHenry Software, Inc.
  • A Needle in a Haystack: The Unsolvable Hit and Run
     - Investigator Dale B. Drummond, Beverly Hills (CA) Police Dept.
  • Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony
     - Mr. George L. Ruotolo, George L. Ruotolo Consulting, Inc.
  • Commercial Vehicles: Establishing Gear Position and Speed from Gear Position
     - Mr. W.A. “Bill” Focha, North Coast Truck Inspections
  • Crash Reconstruction: A Complete Step-by-Step Procedure
     - Mr. Terry D. Day, P.E., Engineering Dynamics Corporation
  • Drivers' Responses - Getting a Better Number to Use and How to Apply It
    - Jeff Muttart, Ph.D., Crash Safety Solutions, LLC
  • EDR Update 2018
      - Mr. Richard Ruth, P.E., Ruth Consulting, LLC
  • Forensic Evidence Recovery
     - Mr. Donnie Barker, Criminal Investigation/Crime Scene Forensics Coordinator, IPTM
  • Innovative and Effective Distracted Driving Enforcement Strategies – Technology for Enforcement and Case Studies
     - Sergeant Christopher N. Sanchez, Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section
  • Introduction to Energy and Updated Motorcycle Crush Equations
    - Wade Bartlett, Mechanical Forensics
  • Investigating and Reconstructing Rollover Crashes
     - Mr. John Daily, MSME, Jackson Hole Scientific Investigations, Inc.
     - Mr. Wilson Toresen Jr., PhD, Instituto Geral de Pericias/RS – Brasil
  • 20th Century Scene Documentation
     - Mr. Robert S. "Steve" McKinzie, CSI Mapping/McKinzie & Assoc. LLC
  • Motorcycles: Myths, Methodologies & Momentum
     - Detective Ken Strohmeyer, Scottsdale (AZ) Police Dept.
  • The Autonomous Vehicle in Crash Reconstruction –  How Did it Happen and Who is Responsible?
  •  - Mr. Alan Moore, P.E., A.B. Moore Forensic Engineering
  • UAVs & Live Stream Integration: A High Tech Solution
     - Mr. John Nunes, UAS Market Development-Public Safety, GRESCO Technology Solutions
  • Using EDR Data to Calculate Non-EDR Equipped Vehicle Speeds
     - Sergeant Weston Brown, Scottsdale (AZ) Police Dept.
  • Using UAVs (Drones) in Crash Investigations
     - Mr. John Nunes, UAS Market Development-Public Safety, GRESCO Technology Solutions

ACTAR Prep on Sunday, May 20

  • FREE 8-hour Prep Course on Sunday, May 20! Click here to register.

Optional Training Opportunities* on Friday, May 25

  • ACTAR Exam (FREE 8-hour Prep Course on Sunday, May 20!)
  • DRE Recertification Training**
  • DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Refresher**
  • DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor Update**
  • Marijuana Impaired Driving Detection for Law Enforcement**
  • Problem Solving Strategies and Time Distance Analysis (Nate Shigemura)
  • Tire Forensic and Crash Reconstruction (T.J. Tennent)

*May require separate registration fee. **Grant funding available for qualified Florida law enforcement professionals.

       Friday Information

Feedback from 2017 Symposium Attendees

  • It was the best symposium by far. Being a specialist in both DUI and THI fields it was very beneficial to have the option to attend either type of session. Definitely continue combining symposiums.
  • I think it is very cost effective for our agency. Instead of paying to send deputies to two separate conferences, we are able to just pay for one conference.
  • I thought it was very beneficial considering many of our THI investigations involve DUI drivers.
  • It was a great idea! Gave me a ton of new training in traffic reconstruction topics that will be helpful for court.
  • It was good to have the two different tracks and you didn't have to stay with one track. It was also good to have both DUI/DRE and THI officers attend one conference as they do work as a team on investigations where impaired driving is involved.
  • Awesome!!!!!!!

Conference Location 

Doubletree by Hilton  
(At the Entrance to Universal Orlando)

5780 Major Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32819

Phone: (800) 222-8733

Lodging Information

DoubleTree by Hilton

Group Rate: $121 per night (Rate expires April 18)

Daily Parking (guest/non-guest): $13 (unlimited in and out privileges)


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