UMass Amherst hosts 2019 Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit in Northampton

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – UMass Amherst is hosting the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit.

UMassSafe, a division of the UMass Transportation Center, is holding the summit on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hotel Northampton on King Street.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the event brings together safety stakeholders from across the Northeast from state trucking and bus associations, law enforcement, state drivers licensing agencies, universities, and government. It features plenary sessions, workshops, and demonstrations of innovative programming and technologies.

This year’s summit focuses on establishing partnerships between law enforcement institutions and leaders of the commercial vehicle industry in order to improve roadway safety for all drivers.

Speakers are discussing the most important issues facing commercial vehicle safety, including the impacts of marijuana decriminalization, and driver distraction.

“Speakers come from across the country. we have speakers that have come as far away as Washington state and Colorado state. Some of the states have addressed the marijuana decriminalization issue. Talking about driver health and safety to technology advancements, data, and data analytics.”

-Mike Knodle, Director of UMass Transportation Center

Keynote remarks will be given by the following:

  • Alan Hanson, Chief Counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Robert Molloy, director of the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board

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