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Date Published: 2013-02-26

Contact: Scott Magruder

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Title: NDOT Director Appointed Chair of AASHTO Highway Traffic Safety Committee

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Rudy Malfabon, director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, was named Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety (SCOHTS) by AASHTO President Mike Lewis.


            Malfabon, who will serve a two-year term, was appointed NDOT director last September. He began his career at the department in 1984 as an inspector in Las Vegas before working his way up to chief construction engineer and then deputy director for southern Nevada.


            NDOT is a leader of Nevada’s Zero Fatalities traffic safety goal which brings traffic and safety agencies and groups across the state together to implement more than 85 strategies for increasing road safety.


            “There were 258 deaths on Nevada roads last year, 12 more than the year before,” Malfabon said. “NDOT and our partners work on a state and national level to continually provide the safest roads possible.  But ultimately, reaching zero fatalities relies on everybody.  We must all focus on the road, buckle up, never driver impaired, stop on red and be pedestrian safe every time we’re on the road.”


            NDOT has also received the AASHTO President’s Award and Leadership Award for traffic safety in recent years.


            SCOHTS encourages, recommends and supports highway safety programs to reduce highway crashes, especially those involving fatalities and serious injuries, on all highway systems and promote national health and economic growth. The committee is also responsible for the development and continuous updating of the AASHTO Strategy Highway Safety Plan.  SCOHTS serves as a forum to disseminate and exchange information on any innovative measures that national organizations, state and localities develop to improve safety among AASHTO members.


More driving safety information is available at zerofatalitiesnv.com.