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Kentucky Lifesavers Conference

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The purpose of the conference is to prevent deaths and injuries on Kentucky’s roadways by bringing together a combination of education, emergency services, enforcement, engineering, and transportation safety warriors to share best practices, research, and innovations that are proven to work. The conference will provide information on both successful programs and emerging issues to individuals and also provide opportunities for networking, discussion, and information sharing.

Webinar Series

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety in partnership with an Executive Committee of professionals representing the four E’s (engineering, education, emergency services, and enforcement) have developed a series of webinars to bring together best practices, research and innovations to the transportation industry.

These webinars will be offered quarterly from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. EST. The sessions provide a glimpse of the great sessions you will see at the 2023 Kentucky Lifesavers Conference. Participants will receive one professional development hour (PDH) for each session they attend.


August 17, 2021 - Impaired Driving


November 16, 2021 - Occupant Protection

Occupant Protection is an important initiative. Kentucky has put in place many initiatives to keep Kentuckians safe on our state’s roadways. Join us as we hear about initiatives such as; Buckle Up Phone Down, Local Hero’s, and Nighttime Seat Belt.


Speaker: Erin Eggren

Erin Eggen serves as Federal Program Specialist for the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety where she manages the marketing and advertising of highway safety awareness campaigns. A native Kentuckian, Erin is a 1998 graduate of Murray State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. Erin lives with her husband, Brandon, and 7-year-old son, Austin, in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  


February 15, 2022 - CMV Crash Investigation & Data Collection


May 17, 2022 - Highway Safety Improvement Program

This presentation will cover Kentucky’s Pavement Friction Data program, the advantages of collecting friction data continuously along a route, and the equipment that is being used to collect continuous pavement friction data. The presentation will also touch on the techniques that are being explored by Kentucky’s Highway Safety Improvement Program to analyze and understand how pavement friction correlates with safety performance. Lastly, initial analysis results and anticipated next steps will be highlighted.


Speaker: Nathan Ridgway

Nathan Ridgway is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Nathan has worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet since graduation with a primary emphasis in Traffic Engineering. He currently serves as a Transportation Engineering Specialist in the Kentucky Highway Safety Improvement Program.

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Speaker: Mike Vaughn

Mike Vaughn is a Transportation Engineer Specialist for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. In his current role, Mike is one of three engineers who in the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Mike has worked for the KYTC since January 2003. His experience in the Cabinet includes work as a Design Engineer, Bridge Engineer, the Statewide Value Engineering Coordinator, and currently with HSIP. Mike earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in December 2002.


The Kentucky Lifesavers Conference has been rescheduled for April 17 – 20, 2023, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Day 1 will offer preconference training with the opening general session starting on Day 2. The conference will offer over 30 training events, time with vendors and sponsors, and state and national speakers. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound and fiscally responsible transportation system that delivers economic opportunity and enhances the quality of life in Kentucky.