NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


September 6, 2006

Washington, D.C. - The National Transportation Safety Board has announced its agenda for the two-day public forum on motorcycle safety beginning on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Board Member Debbie Hersman will preside as Chairman of the forum.

"The goal of the public forum is to gather information about ongoing motorcycle safety research and initiatives, as well as safety countermeasures that may reduce the likelihood of motorcycle accidents and fatalities," Hersman said.

The forum starts at 8 a.m. both days. Below is the forum agenda:

September 12, 2006

Opening Remarks
Member Deborah A.P. Hersman, Forum

Panel: Trends and Safety Statistics
Pat Murphy, Motorcycle Industry Council
Umesh Shankar, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Ralph Gillmann, Federal Highway Administration
Carol Tan, PhD, Federal Highway Administration
Ted R. Miller, PhD, PacificInstitute for Research and Evaluation

Panel: Vehicle Design
Wayne Curtin, Harley- Davidson
Tom Baloga, BMW
Jay Joseph, American Honda
John Zellner, Dynamic Research Inc.

Panel: Rider Protective Equipment
Richard Alcorta, MD, FACEP, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
David Thom, Collision and InjuryDynamics
Liz deRome, LdeR Consulting
Andy Goldfine, Aerostich
Paul Varnsverry, PVA Technical File Services Limited

September 13, 2006

Panel: Training and Licensing
Ron Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and State Motorcycle Safety Administrators
Ray Ochs, EdD, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Jay Jackson, ABATE of Indiana
Steve Garets, TEAM OREGON
Brett Robinson, Highway Safety Services

Panel: Public Education/Awareness
Dean Thompson, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Wayne Wierson, ABATE of Iowa
Chad Burns, Georgia Department of Driver Services and the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators
David Snyder, American Insurance Association

Panel: Rider Impairment
John Brick, PhD, MA, FAPA, Intoxikon International
Diane Wigle, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Major Daniel Lonsdorf, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Ed Moreland, American Motorcyclist Association

Panel: Future Directions
Marilena Amoni, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Ed Moreland, American Motorcyclist Association
Tim Buche, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Colonel Jim Champagne, Governors Highway Safety Association

Closing Remarks

The forum will be held in Washington at the NTSB's Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, SW. The general public will be able to observe the forum either in person or by webcast at www.ntsb.gov.

NTSB Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams



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