Oct 02

2019 Traffic and Safety Forum

Event Details

Des Moines, Iowa


Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
Hotel Website


October 2, 2019


Event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Event Contact
Judy Thomas
InTrans, Aurora, MTC


The purpose of the 2019 Traffic and Safety Forum is to enable traffic and safety engineering professionals to learn about new and innovative systems and processes, share individual experiences, and collectively address issues of interest. In recent years, representatives have attended from cities, counties, consultants, universities, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Jay Otto

Keynote Speaker

Jay Otto, Traffic Safety Culture

Jay Otto is a Research Scientist for the Center for Health and Safety Culture in the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. Jay received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He leads the research efforts for the Center as well as participates in research projects.

Otto will engage the participants in an interactive presentation about traffic safety culture. He will introduce the Center’s approach to traffic safety culture, share information about current data and trends, and share some of the exciting research underway funded by the Traffic Safety Culture Pooled Fund.

Tentative Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Steve Gent, Director, Iowa DOT Office of Traffic and Safety (State of the State of Iowa)

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: Traffic Safety Culture
Jay Otto, Center for Health and Safety Culture, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon

TAS Talks

  1. City of Ames
  2. CAV Update
  3. Western Suburbs – Signalization - Jim Dickinson, City of West Des Moines, and Doug Pershall, GBASI 
  4. Safer Streets and Complete Streets – Matt Myers (Safer Streets)


Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Videos

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Zero Fatalities
Andrea Henry, Iowa DOT

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.Research Update
  1. Work Zone Performance – Skylar Knickerbocker/Neal Hawkins, ISU
  2. Machine Learning – Anuj Sharma, ISU
  3. Away from Crash Rates to SPF – Zach Hans, ISU
  4. Traffic Signal Technology – Chris Day, ISU
  5. Young Drivers – Michelle Reyes, UI
  6. Safety Analyses – Cara Hamann, UI
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Iowa DOT Update

  • Safety Update, Jan Laaser-Webb
  • Traffic Engineering Update, Tim Crouch
  • Traffic and Safety Update, Willy Sorenson
4:00 p.m.