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NHTSA Recognizes Traffic Safety Advocates at Annual Lifesavers Conference

| Washington, DC

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman today honored nine individuals and one organization with 2023 NHTSA Public Service Awards during her keynote address at the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. The conference, held this year in Seattle, is the largest annual gathering of traffic safety professionals in the United States.

“These traffic safety professionals are making a meaningful difference in their communities, and we are proud to recognize their efforts. From helping new parents learn how to properly install a car seat to teen drivers learn important skills, these awardees are helping prevent tragedies and save lives,” Deputy Administrator Shulman said. “Their achievements and contributions inspire all of us in our shared mission to save lives, reduce injuries and prevent crashes.”

NHTSA is a key part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy launched in early 2022, which is a comprehensive approach to significantly reduce serious injuries and deaths on our roadways. The NRSS not only outlines efforts at USDOT, but it also calls on partners across communities—including in the public and private sectors, and in advocacy and research—to join the efforts to bring the number of roadway deaths to zero.

Awardees received plaques with the following citations:

Andrea “Andi” Bill
Program Director, Traffic Operations and Safety Lab
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Citation: For your innovation in leveraging new partners to improve data collection and flow to keep Wisconsin roads safe.

Charles T. Brown 
Founder and CEO
Equitable Cities, Somerset, New Jersey
Citation: In recognition of your work to advance equity in traffic safety and your mentorship of Black teens.

Jill Cooper
Co-Director, SafeTREC
University of California, Berkeley 
Citation: For your inspiring work to advance equity across transportation and to ensure that grant funds are provided to improve safety in traditionally underserved communities. 

Torine Creppy
Safe Kids Worldwide, Silver Spring, Maryland
Citation: For your leadership of Safe Kids Worldwide, saving countless lives through education and advocacy in child passenger safety.

Daniel Goodman
Public Affairs Manager
AAA Northern New England, Portland, Maine
Citation: For your tireless work in advancing and promoting occupant protection legislation across New England.

William Hutchinson 
Child Safety Seat Fitting Station Manager
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
Citation: In recognition of your dedication to ensuring all children across Atlanta have proper car seats.

Rob Marone
Colorado State Patrol, Windsor, Colorado
Citation: For your lifetime of work dedicated to all aspects of traffic safety and the positive impact it has had on roads across Colorado and our nation.

The Oklahoma Challenge
Norman, Oklahoma
Citation: For your dedication to improving teen driver safety across Oklahoma.

Stephen Story
Owner and President
James River Transportation, Richmond, Virginia
Citation: For your tireless dedication to promoting and testing the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.     

Cesi Velez
Bonney Lake, Washington, Police Department
Citation: In recognition of your work to make sure that traffic safety is accessible to all people, regardless of ethnicity. 

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