NHTSA 3rd Quarter 2023 Traffic Safety Webinar
A Review of the 3rd Quarter Data
on the latest law enforcement traffic-related fatality statistics
October 25, 2023 | 2:00 PM
The webinar begins with opening remarks from NHTSA Program Manager Reo Nelson followed by Nick Breul who will provide an update on the latest law enforcement traffic-related fatality statistics along with a brief presentation on the findings of an analysis the NLEOMF conducted on the use of Tire Deflation Devices in police pursuits.
There will then be a presentation from Fire Chief Victor Conley of the Irving Texas Fire Department on their vehicle blocking program. This involves the use of refurbished fire apparatus being used a safety barriers for first responders at crash scenes, saving active pieces of fire equipment from being damaged or destroyed if struck while on the roadway.
- Reo Nelson, Traffic Safety Specialist, NHTSA Justice and Enforcement Service Division
- Nick Breul, Senior Program Manager, OSW, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
- Victor Conley, Fire Chief, Irving Texas Fire Department
Reo Nelson, highway safety specialist in the Enforcement and Justice Services (EJS) division at NHTSA, is a seasoned safety and security professional with three decades of experience in law enforcement, security operations, and traffic safety, among other areas. His program areas include speed, speed management, and officer safety. He develops and manages programs designed to improve equitable highway safety activities and provides technical assistance to regions, and communities throughout the nation.
Nelson is a decorated United States Air Force veteran who has served his country proudly in multiple tours abroad and domestically as a security forces member. His veteran experience and passion for public service led him to continue his law enforcement career by serving in the U.S. intelligence agency community as a physical security specialist.
Nick Breul is a Senior Project Manager at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and is the former Director of its Officer Safety, Wellness and Research Division, where his team did in-depth analysis of line of duty deaths, especially traffic-related causes. Before joining the NLEOMF, Breul was the Director of Security for the Washington National Cathedral, a post he held for two years. Prior to that, he served on the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C. for 26 years. Breul worked in many capacities during his career on the police department; serving as a detective, patrol sergeant, homicide supervisor, and retired as a lieutenant, managing the department’s traffic safety branch. There he oversaw the Major Crash Investigative Unit, as well as all of the traffic focused enforcement and public safety education initiatives. Breul is a graduate of Hobart College, where he received a BA in History and still serves in the capacity of Departmental Historian for the MPD.