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Fall 2003

Speaker to address traffic safety

Allan F. Williams

Allan F. Williams

Last year, nearly three million people were injured, and over 42,000 killed, in traffic-related crashes in the United States. Are we making progress in reducing the number of crash injuries that occur on our roads? And how do our results compare to those of other countries? Allan F. Williams, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, will address these questions and others at the Center for Transportation Studies' winter luncheon, to be held February 18, 2004, at the Radisson Metrodome Hotel, Minneapolis. The luncheon is cosponsored by the ITS Institute.

In "A National Perspective on Current Highway Safety Issues," Dr. Williams will discuss current statistics, research, and issues regarding seat belt use, alcohol-impaired driving, young drivers, older drivers, urban crashes, motorcycles, and other key topics in terms of improving highway safety. According to Williams, the country is making progress in some of these areas, but in others, progress has stalled—or is headed in the wrong direction. During his presentation, Williams will make his recommendations for furthering the goal of reducing injuries from motor vehicle crashes.

Dr. Williams has a doctorate in social psychology from Harvard University and has published more than 250 scientific papers on topics that include drugs and driving, seat belt use, and preventing motor vehicle deaths and injuries among teenagers and children. He received a Widmark award from the International Council on Alcohol, Other Drugs and Traffic Safety in 1997 and a public service award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2002.

To register for the luncheon online, go to and enter event ID#175871. For additional information, call Shirley Mueffelman at 612-624-4754 or e-mail