Hang Up And Drive: A Cautionary Tale

Sixty Minutes That Could Save Your Life

Conference Keynote Addresses Cell-Phone-Free Driving

SOCORRO, N.M. April 20, 2016 – The New Mexico Tech community of students, faculty, and staff is invited to attend an eye-opening, thought-provoking keynote presentation on what is, quite literally, a life and death matter.


Jacy Good and Steve Johnson, Hang Up and Drive


The speaker is a young woman whose life was changed forever by a car accident caused by a driver distracted by a cell phone. The tragedy, which took place on the day of her college graduation, took the lives of both her parents and left her in the hospital for the better part of a year. Still partially paralyzed, Jacy Good has become a tireless advocate for cell-phone-free driving.

Everyone is invited to attend this hour-long free presentation. It begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Macey Center, and is the main event of the 9th Annual New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference. The conference, spanning the three days from May 2 to May 4, includes a comprehensive line-up of seminars, workshops and certification opportunities, with a CPR class, a golf tournament and a banquet dinner at the Bodega Burger Co. thrown in for good measure. This year's theme is "Drive Safety Home."

"Drive Safety Home" recognizes that staying safe isn't something you leave behind at your mine or jobsite or office when you get in the car after a long day at work. The habits of paying attention and working safely on the job can and should resonate in all areas of your life. Safety attitudes learned on the job can help you protect your family and guard against accidents at home, and vice versa.

In addition to Jacy Good's keynote presentation on Tuesday morning, which we hope everyone who drives a vehicle – or even rides in one – will attend, the conference has a great line-up of speakers and presenters tackling the subject of safety from all angles.


MSHA Coal Administrator Kevin Strickland


Monday evening, we welcome MSHA Coal Administrator Kevin Strickland to speak at the annual Miners' Dinner. This is Strickland's second appearance at our conference. He's worked with MSHA in many capacities including District Manager and Assistant District Manager, and he'll be discussing some of the many changes taking place in coal administration, some of which will also affect the Metal/Non Metal programs.

Wednesday begins with a keynote presentation by Vincent "Bluto" Saporito, a former carrier pilot who flew F-14 and F-18 jets and now works for Check 6 Consulting. Vince applies his experience in the military to industries that work in high risk environments.

Ted Boyce  

This year's conference also features Thomas E. "Ted" Boyce, who will present three break-out sessions Tuesday. In his first session, Dr. Boyce will draw from his book "The Psychology of Leadership" to guide us through a two-part science-based process that leaders can use to grow and sustain a culture of safety. In the second session, Dr. Boyce will present an easy-to-use communication model that will allow anyone to communicate more effectively. Finally, in his third session, Dr. Boyce will provide strategies and tactics certain to move employees from verbal agreement to observable action.

Other Tuesday speakers will discuss occupational hygiene related to air quality issues, dust control in mining, MSHA's electrical mobile classroom sessions, and Miners' Colfax Hospital Mobile Health Screening Unit. Of particular interest to many will be a session by attorneys from Dinsmore and Sholhl on the subject of "MSHA Inspections and Investigations." The full program is available to download at the Bureau of Mine Safety website.

The golf tournament, CPR class, and three-day conference are all open to the public. Registration information is available at https://www.regonline.com/2016nmmhsc or by calling 575-835-5460.

This year's sponsors include Mosaic Potash, Westmoreland Coal Company, North American Coal Corporation and Navajo Transitional Energy Company, Intrepid Potash, Southwest Energy, the Center for Behavioral Safety, Jackson Kelly PLLC and Wagner Equipment.

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