TRB Webinar: Limitations of Drug Fatality Data

June 13, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
1.50 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 0.00 hour(s)
CLE: 0.00 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET to discuss limitations of fatality crash data reporting, specifically regarding drug-involved driving. The webinar will discuss crash data on individuals who are fatality-injured in a motor vehicle crash in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) is sometimes used to present levels of drug-positive driving, to analyze drug driving trends, and to identify impacts of legislation and programs.  Presenters will identify components of drug testing, and of FARS, to provide an understanding of what data goes into FARS, and how that informs data analyses.  

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Transportation.

Some registrants will need to pay $95 to attend this webinar.  Sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Tara Kelley-Baker, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • Amy Berning, NHTSA
  • TrisAnn Jodon, NHTSA
  • Amy Miles, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
  • Ryan Smith, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Moderated by: Tara Casanova Powell, Casanova Powell Consulting

Webinar Outline

  1. Overview of FARS drug-involved driving data
  2. FARS drug data basics
  3. Drug toxicology results
  4. FARS data limitations
  5. Efforts to improve FARS and drug testing
  1. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the limitations of FARS drug-involved driving data
  • Describe practices in forensic toxicology testing for drugs and identify the differences between laboratories across the country
  • Describe upcoming improvements to data reporting

Professional Development Hour Information

A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to Professional Engineers (PEs) who register and attend the webinar as an individual. For approved webinars, TRB’s webinar program awards Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP) Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits associated with participation only to the registered individual and not to other members of a group that view the webinar together. To receive PDH credits, please register as an individual and sign into the webinar from your personal computer. After doing this, you may join your group in a meeting room.  To be eligible for the credits, individuals must remain signed in for the entire webinar, including for any question and answer session following the presentations.

In addition, advance registration is available until just before the webinar starts. Once the webinar starts, you will be unable to submit your registration. Individuals that are registered for a webinar but do not receive their confirmation emails due to their organization’s internal firewalls should contact the TRB Helpdesk ( for assistance in signing in.

Individuals registered as Florida PEs are no longer required to email TRB with your license number to report your attendance. Instead, please use your certificate that TRB provides through as verification of your attendance to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

Please check with your licensing board to ensure that TRB webinar PDHs are approved by your board.

This webinar was developed in March 2019. TRB has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP by TRB. Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Website:

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum at