23rd annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit provides local agency scholarships

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for local agency use to attend the 23rd Annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit. The summit will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, from March 20-22.

MDOT will provide reimbursement for local agencies to send one employee to the Summit. Expenses eligible for reimbursement include registration, lodging, meals and mileage costs associated with attending the Summit.

There is a maximum of 50 scholarships available to all municipalities, county road commissions and tribal agencies in the State of Michigan. 10 of the Scholarships will be saved for Traffic Incident Management participants from Public Agencies.

The Summit is designed to bring together representatives from all areas of traffic safety – Enforcement, Engineering, Education and Emergency Medical Services (the 4 E’s). The Summit presents a mix of general session speakers and breakout sessions aimed at the many areas of traffic and safety and traffic incident management.

There will be engineering breakout sessions on “The Innovation of Roundabouts”: Thinking Outside the Circle, Local Agency Safety Program Info, Traffic Safety Sampler, Traffic Incident Management Sampler, Traffic Incident Management and Development of Pedestrian and Bicycle Risk Models for statewide use in reducing fatal and serious injuries.

This year’s summit will also include topics such as: Re-engaging Law Enforcement; the future of Crashes in Michigan; Drugged Driving; No Excuse! Incorporating Core Values, Accountability and Balance Into Your Life and Career; Operation Ghost Rider; Safe Routes and Safe Schools; and the Human Missile: “why seat belts matter in the back seat.”

Requirements for reimbursement are: online at www.train.org/mi-train/ to attend the Summit no later than Feb. 26. Contact Heidi Spangler for registration information details.

To request reimbursement, you must notify MDOT after the Summit by contacting Heidi Spangler no later than Friday, March 16, and provide attendee name, agency, telephone number and email address. Reimbursement can be directed to the attendee or the attendee’s agency, but not both.

Attendee or attendee’s agency must be registered to receive payments from the State of Michigan through the Office of Financial Management. Registration takes only a few minutes and can be completed online at www.michigan.gov/cpexpress.

Individual attendees wishing to be reimbursed must be registered using their social security number as their tax ID number. Social security numbers must be provided for reimbursement to individuals in order to ensure accurate transfer of funds.

Complete the enclosed travel voucher and email or mail it, along with all receipts, to Heidi Spangler, spanglerh@michigan.gov or MDOT Safety Programs (B220), 425 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48933. Requests must be postmarked no later than June 1.

With any questions or to register a spot, contact Heidi Spangler at spanglerh@michigan.gov or (517) 335-1187.

 

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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