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Informal Roadway Death Prevention Community Event

October 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Preventing Roadway Deaths: It's a Bit More Complicated than Blaming Drivers

October 21, 2021

Networking Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Program Begins at 7 p.m.

Smartmouth Brewing Co.
1309 Raleigh Avenue
Norfolk, VA  23507

Featured Researcher:   Bryan E. Porter, Ph. D.
Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Professor of Psychology
Old Dominion University

Drivers are the primary target of research and programs to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities. We try to educate drivers.

We pass laws and argue strong enforcement will shape them. We also argue technology will save drivers from themselves.

While each of these ideas has varying levels of effectiveness and impact on saving lives, all miss a critical fact: individual behavior does not occur in a vacuum and is part of a cultural system.

We are influenced by our social networks. We are shaped by our cities, states, and countries.

We are impacted by significant world disruptions such as COVID-19 and economic variability.  It is no longer enough to focus only on drivers as the cause of the traffic crash public health problem.This Science Pub will provide examples of larger-level forces to incorporate or maneuver through to maximize roadway safety as well as ideas for leveraging new research and programs accordingly.

Science Pubs ODU is an opportunity for the community to engage with ODU researchers in an informal setting.

Join us for a lively and engaging discussion; a curious mind is all that's needed!

The first 20 guests to arrive will receive a beverage ticket.
Please RSVP by October 19  at:

If you have questions about this program please contact Daniel Campbell in the Office of Research at




October 21, 2021
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Norfolk, VA 23507 United States