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Symposium on Traffic Safety
May 11-14, 2020


Crash Investigation & Reconstruction Breakout Sessions

We're in the planning phase for the 2020 Symposium on Traffic SafetyThe preliminary crash-related breakout sessions and speakers are listed below. Additional information will after the first of the  year.

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Advanced Investigative Techniques

A Simulated Look at the Effects of Pedestrian Lateral Velocity on Pedestrian Post-Impact Trajectory

- Mike W. Reade, President/Sr. Reconstructionist, Forensic Reconstruction Specialists

Air Disc Brakes

- Walter A. Dobson, IPTM Adjunct

Airborne Vehicle Methodologies

- Sergeant Weston Brown, Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department

Distracted Driving: Causes and Consequences

- John D. Lloyd, Ph.D., BRAINS, Inc.

Heavy Vehicle Side and Rear Collision Speed Analysis

- Scott E. Skinner, Collision Reconstructionist, Collision Consulting and Reconstruction LLC

It May Be Possible, But Is It Probable? (Monte Carlo)

- Detective Ken Strohmeyer, Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department

The Need, The Need For Weed; Cannabis Related Traffic Collisions

- Investigator Dale B. Drummond, Beverly Hills (CA) Police Department

Crash Testing

Full Scale Crash Testing Through the Years

- John Daily, MSME, Jackson Hole (WY) Scientific Investigations, Inc.

Live-Instrumented Crash Testing Sponsored by RIEGL

Join us outside Monday afternoon for live, instrumented crash testing.  Exciting details to follow! IPTM's team of renowned crash reconstructionists will gather all of the data from the staged crashes. They will present their findings and analysis during two identical breakout sessions.


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Post-Crash Data Analysis and Review (Crash Team)

- Wade Bartlett, P.E., Symposium Crash Team Coordinator

IPTM’s team of renowned crash reconstructionists will be gathering all the data from the staged crashes. They will present their findings and analysis during two identical breakout sessions.


EDR Closing Speed Analysis

- Andrew Rich, BSME, Rich Consulting, LLC

EDR Update 2020

- Richard Ruth, P.E., Ruth Consulting, LLC

Kawasaki EDR

- Ed Fatzinger, P.E., Forensic Engineer, Momentum Engineering

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New Technology

Accurate Timing from Video: The Limitation of Variable Refresh Rates

- Andrew Fredericks, Technical Director, iNPUT-ACE

Crash Reconstruction and the Highly Automated Vehicle

- Alan Moore, P.E., A.B. Moore Forensic Engineering, Inc.

Implementing a Drone Program for Crash Reconstruction: What You Need to Know for FAA Compliance

- Andrew S. Klane, Chief Operating Officer, Forensic Mapping Solutions

Reconstruction of Crashes Involving Articulated Vehicles

- Terry D. Day, P.E., President, Engineering Dynamics Corporation

Scanning Efficiency and Productivity: Get the most from your FARO Scanner and Software

- Derik J. White, Director of Software Development Public Safety, FARO Technologies

- Bobby Jones, Crash and Crime Scene Reconstructionist

Time-Saving Techniques for Delivering High-Impact Scene Maps and Diagrams

- William Henningsen, Forensic Mapper/Equipment Consultant/Public Safety, Collision Forensic Solutions

Toyota Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: What are they? What data do they record? How do I get it?

- Brad Muir, Crash Data Systems

The Traffic Signal as an EDR; Did It Record Your Crash?

- Alan Moore, P.E., A.B. Moore Forensic Engineering, Inc.


Symposium on Traffic Safety
May 11-14, 2020

DUI & Traffic Enforcement Breakout Sessions

We're in the planning stages for the 2020 Symposium on Traffic Safety. The DUI and traffic enforcement-related breakout sessions sessions below are from our 2019 conference. To view the session description, click + next to the title, or Expand All to view all of the descriptions.

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Victim Impact Panel (Steve Burres, John Hinton, Laura Dean-Mooney)

- Officer Steve Burres III, Irving (TX) Police Department
- Sergeant John Hinton, Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office
- Laura Dean-Mooney (Moderator), Transportation Researcher, Center for Alcohol and Drug Education, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Officer Burres, Sergeant Hinton and Ms. Dean-Mooney will share their personal tragedies as a result of impaired-driver crashes. Their first-person accounts remind us why what we do matters.

2019 Advanced DRE/DUI Topics

Chasing the Electric Cloud: The Evolution of the Electronic Cigarette (Roman Serrano)

- Detective Roman Serrano, Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Office

Join Det. Roman Serrano on an exploration of the history, design, and evolution of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, commonly called “vapes.” He will discuss the differences between the two and how they have been modified for narcotic use. You will learn indications you should look for during investigations, including modifications, markings and logos found on illegal units. 

Courtroom Testimony from a Judge's Perspective (Brent Carr)

- Judge Brent Carr, Tarrant County (TX) Criminal Court

This session will provide an in-depth examination of issues surrounding courtroom testimony – from the intense scrutiny of witness testimony to expectations and biases towards police officers as witnesses. Judge Carr has presided over 1,000+ cases since 1991. He will share his views of witness characteristics that are most likely to affect jurors, especially in DUI, DWI, and related traffic offense enforcement. He will explain why you should process every case with the expectation that it will end up before a jury, even though many will not. While there is no substitute for integrity, preparation and professionalism, understanding the dynamics of the courtroom process is a tool every officer needs in their toolbox.

DRE Case Testimony and Evidence (Steve Talpins)

- Stephen K. Talpins, Chief of Staff, Miami-Dade County (FL) State Attorney's Office

Stephen Talpins will discuss the importance and efficacy of the DRE program and provide tips for presenting cases in court. Through an examination of research into the DRE program and its protocols, you will gain a better understanding of its usefulness He will discuss the standards for admitting scientific evidence, issues DREs and prosecutors face, and ways to better present your cases to both judges and juries.

DRE Evaluations

- Florida Drug Recognition Experts

Certified DREs can take advantage of this session to perform evaluations in front an instructor for recertification and complete the proper paperwork or turn in recertification forms. In addition, veteran DRE instructors will be available to answer your questions. 

DRE Program Update (Kyle Clark)

- Kyle Clark, National Project Manager, DEC Program, IACP

Kyle Clark will share the latest state and national trends in DRE training and enforcement data at this session. He will explain recent changes to the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, and Drug Recognition Expert schools. Recent updates to the international standards will be highlighted, along with new information regarding DUID cases involving cannabis.  

Over the Counter, Under the Influence (John Cullen)

- Detective John Cullen, Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office

Over the counter medications have been abused in plain sight for many years, and as a result, the apprehension, arrest, and prosecution has challenged officers across the country. Det. John Cullen will discuss OTC medications and their role in DUI investigations, and share effective strategies to identify, strengthen, and defend our impaired driving cases. You will learn about current OTC trends, methods of administration and their impact, as well as medical conditions which may mimic impairment and typical defenses to overcome for a successful prosecution.

2019 DUI Enforcement

Barracuda Packs: Utilizing the DUI Officer for Saturation Patrols on the Water (Daniel Darren)

- Corporal Daniel Darren, Collier County (FL) Sheriff's Office

A BUI Saturation Patrol partners a trained DUI Officer with a Marine Enforcement Officer, allowing the Marine Officer to concentrate on vessel operations and boating safety enforcement, while the DUI Officer checks for signs of impairment. Cpl. Daniel Darren, Collier County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, will discuss operational logistics, equipment recommendations, and training models used to bridge the gap between BUI and DUI. He’ll share best practices for when, where, and how BUI Saturation Patrols are most effective. 

Cannabis Trends (Luis Lopez)

- Officer Luis Lopez (Ret.), IPTM Adjunct Instructor

Discover the latest trends in cannabis usage, including administration routes, potency levels, duration of effects, and impairment techniques. We explore the types of cannabis in use including waxes, oils, edibles, dabs, and the most recent form – crystals. You will learn about cannabis impairment cues and clues with a concentration on mental impairment detection and articulation. We will discuss the effects on society, review national news reports illustrating the cannabis society and changes we are seeing, and why all of this is important to the officer on the street. 

Detecting Drug-Impaired Drivers: The Viability of Oral Fluid Testing (Erin Holmes, Stephen Talpins)

- Erin Holmes, Director, Traffic Safety and Technical Writer,
- Stephen K. Talpins, Chief of Staff, Miami-Dade County (FL) State Attorney's Office

Over the course of the last decade, drug-impaired driving has become a significant threat to public safety on American roadways. The use of oral fluid screening devices to test for the presence of drugs roadside has the potential to assist law enforcement in identifying a larger number of drug-impaired drivers who would otherwise avoid detection. This session will discuss the viability of this technology including an overview of strengths and limitations as well as policy and legal considerations associated with these devices.

DUI Open Forum Q&A

- Garett Berman, Asst. State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County (FL)
- Kyle Clark, Florida DRE, National Project Manager, IACP DEC Program
- Eugene Nichols, Defense Attorney, Nichols & Pina LLLP
- Judge Brent Carr, Tarrant County (TX) Criminal Court

This panel consisting of a Prosecutor, Drug Recognition Expert, Judge and a Defense Attorney will give you an overview of their respective areas and address your traffic, drug and DRE-related questions from their specific perspective. 

Introduction to the Seated Field Sobriety Exercises (Daniel Darren)

- Corporal Daniel Darren, Collier County (FL) Sheriff's Office

This session will introduce you to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Seated Battery of sobriety exercises. You will leave with a working knowledge of the validated exercises. Corporal Daniel Darren will discuss the validation process, three psychophysical exercises, standardized clues and scoring criteria, all of which can be used in a roadside encounter.

Medical Conditions that Mimic Impairment (Allan Kolak)

- Master Sergeant Allan Kolak, Cape Coral (FL) Police Department

This session will explore common medical issues that may mimic impairment and the procedures for determining whether to cease or continue a DUI investigation. Master Sergeant Kolak will share medical condition excuses in the context of DUI enforcement. He will discuss the role of eye examinations in disclosing the possibility of medical impairment.

Naloxone Use by Law Enforcement (Dan Zsido)

- Dan Zsido, Training & Education Director, NADDI

This session is designed to provide awareness and preventative safety considerations for naloxone use by law enforcement. Dan Zsido, NADDI, will explain its history, available FDA formulations, indicators of an opioid overdose, and some of the challenges of naloxone use. He will share frequently asked questions, facts and beliefs, and officer safety concerns when administering naloxone.

What You Should Know About Alcohol Products, Marketing Practices and Underage Drinking (Didra Brown)

- Dr. Didra Brown, California State University

This session will use a ‘hands-on” didactic approach that will allow you to experience the challenge in distinguishing between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You will learn which elements to focus on when looking at various beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and how to determine whether a household product contains alcohol. In addition, we will discuss collaborative strategies that parents, the medical profession, the faith community, law enforcement, and treatment providers can take to help eliminate underage drinking.

2019 Florida Legal Updates

Florida Breath Test Update (Garett Berman, Ann Marie Johnson)

- Ann Marie Johnson, Esq. Fletcher and Phillips, PLLC, Jacksonville (FL)
- Garett Berman, Asst. State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County (FL)

Ms. Johnson and Mr. Berman will give you an overview of the recent legislation, research, and current trends in court litigation concerning breath and blood alcohol testing. They will also provide you with an overview of the process for potentially evaluating and approving new breath test instrumentation.

Florida DUI Case Law Update (Ben Fox)

- Ben Fox, Asst. State Attorney, Brevard County (FL) State Attorney's Office

Always a popular session, Mr. Fox will give you a comprehensive update on the DUI case law in Florida and what you need to know as a law enforcement officer. Pertinent cases that have surfaced and their effects upon procedures and prosecution will be discussed.

Florida Legislative Update (Peter Stoumbelis)

- Peter Stoumbelis, Sr. Asst. General Counsel (Ret.), FL Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Mr. Stoumbelis will present the new laws passed during Florida’s recent legislative session and examine their impact on law enforcement procedures.

2019 Traffic Enforcement

Cutting Edge Technology and Community Involvement in Combating Distracted Driving (Candace Lightner, Ben Lieberman)

- Candace Lightner, Founder/President, We Save Lives
- Ben Lieberman, We Save Lives

This thought-provoking session will focus on balancing public safety and privacy in our efforts to combat distracted driving. You will learn how the Textalizer may well be the paradigm shift needed toward change and accountability. This new technology allows law enforcement to field test mobile devices at crashes to detect typing and swiping, without accessing personal content. We will discuss how law enforcement and organizations can work together to inspire the public to eliminate distracted driving, share successful examples of collaborative efforts as well as solutions in the pipeline.

Death Notification: Delivering the News with Compassion (Laura Dean-Mooney)

- Laura Dean-Mooney, Transportation Researcher, Center for Alcohol and Drug Education, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

As a law enforcement officer, you will likely have to deliver the worst news – informing someone that their loved one is never coming home. Laura Dean-Mooney, former national president of MADD, will provide you with a toolbox of ideas and best practices and share ways to lessen the impact on the receiver. You will learn effective techniques for delivering the news and strategies for compassionate and thorough death notifications. You will discover how to enhance your awareness of the emotional hazards on you as the deliverer.

Traffic Stop Challenges: The Art of Drug Interdiction (Harry Walters)

- Harry Walters, Traffic Enforcement Section Coordinator, IPTM

This session will explore how observation and awareness techniques can be used during traffic stops to develop reasonable suspicion and probable cause to determine criminal activity and apprehend felonious criminals. We will discuss the techniques of observation and how they relate to both officer safety and criminal activity. You will learn how to identify hidden compartments – existing and artificially constructed by smugglers – as well as obtain “voluntary consent” to search and seize illegal drugs, property, weapons, currency and vehicles transporting contraband.

Officer Down: The Stress of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (April Lott)

- April Lott, LCSW, President/CEO, Directions for Living

Law enforcement officers are often deeply affected by the people they serve and protect. This session will discuss the causes and effects of compassion (combat) fatigue, burnout, vicarious trauma, and secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. You will learn how to identify the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue, utilize strategies for prevention and recognize personal risks for developing compassion fatigue. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), April Lott will share ways to set boundaries and a self-care plan for stress management and workplace wellness.

2019 Outside Activities

Identifying and Making Threat Assessments During Traffic Stops (George Pacheco)

- George Pacheco, Deputy Sheriff/Police Officer, Impaired Driver Enforcement Squad
  Miami-Dade (FL) Police Dept.

This hands-on session will assist officers when traffic stops escalate from a cooperative stop to a response to resistance. You will be presented with primary and secondary dangers, as well as environmental factors that can contribute to gaining or losing control of the vehicle compartment and its occupants. You will learn to identify motorist/driver and occupant/passenger movements and how to address them, as well has how to transition from visual control to verbal control and mentally prepare for a physical confrontation during these transitional points of a traffic stop. Lastly, you will be presented with techniques to mentally recover in order to properly handle subject control, scene security and evidence preservation.