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Symposium Video Now Available

Video footage is now available of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center Symposium titled The Evolution of Highway Safety: How Research Can Save Lives on Our Roads. The event was held in celebration of the Center's 40th anniversary.

Symposium speakers reviewed the accomplishments that have led to improved practices, policies and legislation and discussed the future types of research that will be required to reduce the toll on the nation's highways. Speakers included Dr. Forrest Council, former HSRC director and senior researcher of the Center for over 30 years; Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton, Chief of the Prevention Research Branch in the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and Dr. Ezra Hauer, world renowned engineer and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.

To watch the video, please visit http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/news_room/events_40th-anniversary_video.cfm. For more information on HSRC's 40th anniversary, please visit http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/anniversary.

Senior pedestrian program participates in Active Aging Week

Seniors came from miles around to show that they are still young at heart and not afraid to try new things during Active Aging Week. During the week of September 25, 2006, Walk Wise, Drive Smart took part in the festivities that included seminars on nutrition as well as tap and ballroom dancing classes.

The event was hosted by the Henderson County Council on Aging, with support from Partnership for Health, many other community organizations. Active Aging Week was initiated by the International Council on Active Aging to promote the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. The goal was to introduce older adults to physical activity and exercise options through demonstrations, free classes, and seminars, as well as assessments to help individuals determine what programs would best meet their needs.

The Walk Wise, Drive Smart program was spearheaded by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center as part of the Henderson County Livable Senior Friendly Communities Initiative. Walk Wise, Drive Smart is a neighborhood-based, senior-pedestrian-friendly initiative within Hendersonville, NC, and the surrounding areas. Please visit www.walk-wise.org for further information and photos from Active Aging Week.

Recently Published Articles

Traffic Safety Information Systems International Scan: Strategy Implementation White Paper. F. Council and D. Harkey. Federal Highway Administration, September 2006. Report No. FHWA-HRT-06-099.
Full text available at http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pubs/06099/index.htm

Encouraging Compliance with Graduated Driver Licensing Restrictions. A. H. Goodwin, J.K. Wells, R.D. Foss and A.F. Williams. Journal of Safety Research. Vol. 37, No. 4, 2006. p. 343-351.
Full text available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2006.05.004

Parental Supervision of Teenage Drivers in a Graduated Licensing System. A.H. Goodwin, M.W. Waller, R.D. Foss, and L.H. Margolis. Traffic Injury Prevention. Vol. 7, No. 3, 2006. p. 224-231.
Abstract available at http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/openurl.asp?genre=article&issn=1538-9588&volume=7&issue=3&spage=224

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