Christopher Turner, a former captain with the Kansas Highway Patrol, joined the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) on Feb. 19, 2019, as director of crash and data programs.
Turner served in law enforcement for more than 20 years and managed the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, size and weight fixed and mobile divisions, and the breath alcohol unit. His law enforcement training focused heavily on crash reconstruction with an emphasis on causation and human factors. Turner retired from the Kansas Highway Patrol in 2019.
Turner was CVSA president (2017-2018), served as chair of the CVSA Election and Finance Committees, and vice chair of CVSA’s Programs Initiatives Committee (now the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee) and the Adjudicated Citations Ad Hoc Committee.
“With Chris serving as a member in leadership positions within the Alliance for the past several years, we’re confident that with his extensive experience and knowledge in commercial motor vehicle law enforcement and crash reconstruction, he meets all the professional requirements of this position and will be a great addition to the CVSA staff,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney.
As director of crash and data programs, Turner will work to standardize commercial motor vehicle crash investigation processes and standards, as well as related training materials. He will work to improve roadside post-crash inspections, crash data collection processes and systems, and coordinate crash data analysis. Turner will also manage the Alliance’s commercial motor vehicle roadside inspection and traffic enforcement data collection programs and initiatives. He will serve as the primary resource and expert on commercial motor vehicle crash reduction efforts, issues and programs, and will provide advice and counsel on crash reduction strategies, crash data standardization and analysis, post-crash analysis and training, crash data quality improvement, judicial outreach and legislation, safety policies, and information systems and technology.
Turner will serve as the CVSA staff liaison for Class II Local Members; the Information Systems Committee; Crash Data and Investigation Standards Committee; CVSA Data Management, Quality and FMCSA Systems Training; and the Operation Safe Driver Program.
“As the new director of crash and data programs, I will draw on my years of experience, education and knowledge to do my part to advance CVSA’s mission, vision and goals,” said Turner. “I have proudly served the state and people of Kansas for more than 20 years and I now look forward to serving the members of the Alliance.”
Turner holds a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in religious studies/philosophy from Benedictine College. He is an accredited crash reconstructionist, forensic mapping specialist, standardized field sobriety instructor and drug recognition expert.
With Turner’s addition to CVSA, altogether, the staff has 115 collective years of commercial motor vehicle law enforcement inspection experience in the U.S. and Canada.