The Driving Safety Podcast

The Driver’s Alert Driving Safety Podcast is an ongoing series of conversations with some of the most influential people in the field of transportation safety, addressing important topics such as distracted driving, aggressive driving, seat belt usage, traffic laws, connected cars, autonomous vehicles and so much more.

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EPISODES

Ep24 Pedro Montenegro – Road Safety in Europe

Pedro Montenegro is a road safety consultant based in Porto, Portugal. He has been helping commercial and private-citizen drivers become safer operators of motor vehicles for more than twenty years. Pedro leverages the power of social media on a daily basis to share his message about critical driving safety issues impacting Portugal, Europe and the world. He has amassed more than 15,000 followers on LinkedIn. In this episode, we discuss the driving culture in Portugal and the most common unsafe driving behaviors seen on the roads and highways. We also talk about Pedro’s approach to driver training and how he helps companies and their fleet drivers improve safety and overall operations.

Ep23 Michael Kitching – Road Safety

Michael Kitching is a pilot in the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF). Over the years, his assignments have included C-17 Captain, Deputy Flight Commander, Air Safety Assurance Team Leader and Flight Commander Assurance (99 Squadron). Today, he is the Multi Engine Lead for the RAF Safety Centre. Michael actively leverages his knowledge and passion for aviation safety by applying it to road safety. Currently, he volunteers for three nonprofit organizations working to improve driving safety in the UK. In this episode, we talk about the state of road safety around the world and what it will take to make transportation safer. Along the way, Michael demonstrates the parallels between aviation and driving.

Ep22 Ron Eagleye Johnny – Road Safety

Ron Eagleye Johnny is the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Rescue Chief for the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe in Nevada. His decorated career spans each of the past six decades. Eagleye has been a police officer, courtroom judge and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In each role he has gained unique perspectives on the topic of road safety. Eagleye is a US Air Force veteran and holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a Law Degree from the University of Denver. In this episode, we discuss the overall driving culture in the United States and how it has changed since the 1970s.

Ep21 Paul Grattan – High-Speed Pursuits

Paul Grattan is a sergeant and 18-year veteran of the New York City Police Department. Over his career in law enforcement, his assignments have included patrol, narcotics, undercover, community policing and communications. Sergeant Grattan is also the Northeast Representative for Pursuit Alert, a technology that alerts nearby motorists and the local community when a high-speed pursuit is underway. In this episode, we talk about the surprising frequency of police chases, the toll they take on police officers and innocent bystanders, and how technology is being employed by police departments to protect the public during high-speed pursuits.

Ep20 Michael DeKort – Autonomous Vehicles

Michael DeKort is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Dactle, a company committed to the “safe, ethical and efficient development and verification of autonomous vehicles and UAVs through the use of aerospace, Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) simulation technology.” In this episode, Michael issued a sobering warning to the public. He believes that if the autonomous vehicle industry continues to conduct real-world testing to gather the data required to build software algorithms that safely operate fully autonomous, Level 5 vehicles, thousands of innocent lives will be lost.

Ep19 Scott Savage – Crisis Management

Scott Savage is a police officer in the Silicon Valley area with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. Over his illustrious career in public safety, Scott’s assignments have included SWAT, Crisis Negotiation, Vice, Narcotics, Surveillance, Terrorism and Intelligence, and Officer Training. He is also the founder at Savage Training Group, where he leverages his extensive experience as a first responder to help police officers “advance their careers, become experts and save lives.” In this episode we talked about how companies can apply law enforcement techniques used in critical incident response to better prepare for a crisis.

Ep18 Officers Matt Baker and Marc Taraso – Distracted Driving

Matt Baker and Marc Taraso are police officers for the Halton Regional Police, a law enforcement agency serving more than 500,000 residents in a suburban area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The agency’s innovative approach to policing is highly effective because according to Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index, the Halton Region is the safest regional municipality of its size in Canada. In this episode, Officers Baker and Taraso discuss their efforts to eliminate the occurrences of cell phone use while driving. They explain that ending distracted driving isn’t just about enforcement, it’s about education.

Officer Marc Taraso

Officer Matt Baker

Ep17 Ted Chen – Distracted Driving

Ted Chen is the Co-Founder at LifeSaver Mobile, a Silicon Valley-based technology company that has developed an app designed to prevent drivers from using their phone while driving. In this episode, we cover many aspects of the distracted driving epidemic including the insurance industry, law enforcement, cell phone policies for fleets and what it will ultimately take to make our roads smartphone-free. The LifeSaver app is available for both fleets and end consumers.

Ep16 Officer Marcus Mahanty – The TacBook

Marcus Mahanty serves as a police officer in the greater San Diego, California area, and is the inventor of the TacBook—a pocket-sized, quick-reference tactical field guide for law enforcement that includes thousands of vehicle codes, health and safety codes, and penal codes. In this episode, Officer Mahanty talks about some of the responsibilities of a police officer and explains how the TacBook is already helping police around the country more easily perform their duties. We also discussed distracted driving, drunk driving and drowsy driving.

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