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Student named Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar

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Annika Sidhu

NDSU junior Annika Sidhu has been named a 2018 Traffic Safety Scholar and received a $1,000 scholarship to attend the 37th annual National Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities April 22-24 in San Antonio, Texas.

Sidhu, a health communication major from Prior Lake, Minnesota, is one of 50 U.S. and international college students selected through a competitive application process. The conference showcases the latest research, strategies, countermeasures and new approaches for addressing the nation’s traffic safety problems.

This is the third year of the Traffic Safety Scholars program, which gives college students the opportunity to attend the largest conference of traffic safety professionals in the United States.

“I am interested in learning more about how we can be more preventative with our advertising and more concise toward what we want changed and how,” Sidhu said. “I want to learn tips on how to bring awareness to health and traffic safety issues to create effective media campaigns that appeal to many different audiences. I also hope to network with new people, and enjoy the warm weather that San Antonio has to offer."

Sidhu and the other Traffic Safety Scholars are scheduled to be honored at a pre-conference reception April 21 in San Antonio, where they will be welcomed by Terry Pence, traffic safety director for the Texas Department of Transportation; Erin Sauber-Schatz, leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Transportation Safety Team; and John Ulczycki, vice president of legislative affairs for LMG Holdings Inc. and chairman of the Lifesavers board of directors.

The scholars can participate in plenary sessions and workshops featuring experts in the field of distracted and impaired driving and walking; child passenger, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, teen and older driver safety; occupant protection; vehicle technology; law enforcement; commercial vehicles; and roadway design.

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