NTSB Chairman Hersman is Operation Lifesaver Symposium Keynote Speaker


WASHINGTON, DC, July 8, 2010 - Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, August 30 at the 16th International Operation Lifesaver International Symposium & Training Seminars. This year’s Symposium theme is Navigating Rail Safety - It’s Common Sense!  

Deborah Hersman

The symposium, a biennial leadership conference, will be held August 30-September 1, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Information on how to register, hotel details, and the latest version of the symposium agenda are available at http://bit.ly/a2U2ao.

“We are honored to have NTSB Chairman Hersman, a dedicated advocate for transportation safety, as the keynote speaker at this year’s symposium,” said Helen Sramek, president of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. 

The symposium will feature helpful information, inspiring speakers, and refresher training for key highway-rail safety and trespass prevention officials. Distracted driving, pedestrian safety, and other current topics will be covered in general sessions and breakouts. An exhitbit area will showcase transportation technologies, systems, and resources to enhance safety. Federal, state and local highway safety officials, Operation Lifesaver state program coordinators and trainers, and international railway safety advocates will benefit from attending. 

The early registration rate for attendees who register on or before July 27 is $275; after July 27 the registration fee is $375. Spouse and guest registration fees are $75 on or before July 27, $100 after. To register online, visit http://www.oli.org and click on the 2010 Symposium Registration link.

The Operation Lifesaver conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, which is in walking distance of the city’s best attractions, entertainment venues and the waterfront. Sramek noted that the hotel room block is 90 percent full, and suggested that potential attendees book their room reservations as soon as possible. For room reservations, call 410-528-1234 or 1-800-233-1234. The Operation Lifesaver group room rate is $139/night single or double occupancy, $189 triple, $214 quadruple, plus tax. The cutoff date for room reservations is July 27, 2010. 

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver’s mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property through a nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety.  For more information and safety tips for motorists and pedestrians, visit www.oli.org.

Media Contact

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, email general[at]oli.org or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.

If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.

If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email news[at]oli.org

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages. 


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