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2024 Symposium on Traffic Safety News

December 8, 2023

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We are excited to announce an exciting lineup for the 2024 Symposium on Traffic Safety! Register today at



2024 Keynote Presenter

Jason Schechterle Keynote Presenter
Jason Schechterle

Keynote Speaker

After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason Schechterle achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into his career, Jason’s life took an unexpected tragic turn. On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside.

Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished.




Crash Investigation

Advanced Investigative Techniques

  • Deadly Distractions: A Case Study of the Fatal 2018 Uber Autonomous Vehicle Crash (Kasey Marsland)
  • Dispelling the Other "Expert" (Greg Sullenberger)
  • Extending Air Brake Analysis to Include Disc Brakes and ABS (Wade Bartlett & Walt Dobson)
  • Fire Investigations for Police Officers (Jay Vitagliano)
  • Motorcycle Crash Investigation Update (Al Baxter)
  • Notes on the Stability of RV, Utility, and Boat Trailers (John Daily)
  • Patrol Vehicle Positioning Crash Test Study (Greg Sullenberger)
  • Tires...What You Don't Know (T.J. Tennent)
  • Truck Rollovers: Some Interesting Insights (Frank Navin)
  • What Engineers Know About Crash Reconstruction that You Should Know Too (Andrew Rich)

Crash Testing

  • Non-Traditional Pedestrian Strike Crash Testing
  • Post-Crash Data Analysis and Review (Steven Carbajal)

EDR/New Technology

  • EDR in Traffic Crash Reconstruction Update (Hamed Sadrnia)
  • Back to Basics on Field Data Collection (Mike Flamm)
  • Investigating and Supplementing EDR Data with 3D Simulation (Brian McHenry & Stanley McHenry)
Human Factors
  • Human Factors and the Advent of Autonomous Vehicles (Swaroop Dinakar)
  • Topics in Forensic Visibility (Leslie Weintraub)
  • Occupant Kinematics and Injury Mechanisms During Traffic Collisions (Toby Gloekler)

DUI & Traffic Enforcement

DUI/Traffic Enforcement Topics

  • Chemical Testing and Cannabis (Ryan Hutton)
  • Detecting the Impaired Driver in 60 Seconds (Aaron Botts)
  • Detecting the Impaired Driver: Going Beyond the Routine Traffic Stop (Oscar Lugo & Roman Watkins)
  • Enforcement and Safety Issues of Motor Units in Modern Policing (Chad Hartzell & Randall Miller)
  • HGN Police Testing, The Neuro-Optometric Basis, and the Law (Dr. Leslie Weintraub)
  • Let's Talk Nystagmus! No, Not HGN...The Other Ones! (Robert Campbell)
  • Principles of Cross Examination (Dave Kopenhaver & J.J. Evans)
  • Truth: As Far as the Eye Can See (Jennifer Knudsen & Garett Berman)
  • Surviving the Cross Examination While Winning the Minds of the Jury (Mark Eastty)
  • Testifying in Court...You Said What?! Strategies for Effective Testimony (Ashley Schluck & Deena Ryerson)
  • Mythbusters: Taking a Close Look at Modern SFST Research (Kyle Clark)
  • A Traffic Stop: The Story Waiting to Be Told (Joseph Keil)

DRE Topics

  • The EDR and DRE: Using Event Data Recorder to Illustrate Impaired Driving (Jay Riggen)
  • Let's Get Physiological: Drugs and the Body (Brad Owens)
  • Misdemeanor Murder: Conducting a Post-Incident Review (Eric Sweden & Joshua Legan)
  • The Perils of Addiction: Understanding Physiology from a DRE's Perspective (Joseph Keil)
  • So a DRE Gets Called Out to Do an Eval, What the #&@%! (Joe Abrusci)
  • Pharmacology and Behavior Effects of Dissociative Anesthetics (Matt Myers & Michael Blute)
  • DRE Field Certification Evaluations

Florida Topics

  • Florida DUI Case Law Update (Ben Fox)
  • Florida Legislative Update (Garett Berman)
  • FDOT’s HVE Subgrant Funding and Impaired Driving Program Overview (Ernie Bradley)
  • Florida's Medical Marijuana Program and Office of Medical Marijuana Use (Carmen Dixon & Todd Schimpf)

Program/Leadership Development

  • Bulletproofing Your Lesson Plan (Allan Kolak)
  • The Job Isn't Dead (Ryan Hutton)
  • Working Professionally with DUI Victims and Survivors (Kristen Allen)


Optional Pre- and Post-Conference Activities

Pre-Conference - Sunday, June 2, 2024

  • ACTAR Preparation

Post-Conference - Thursday, June 6, 2024

  • DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor Update
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Law Enforcement: Laws, Procedures and Best Practices

Post-Conference - Friday, June 7, 2024

  • Florida DRE Recertification Training
  • ACTAR Exam

The four-day intensive learning experience is only $795. Learn more at

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