Planning for Forgiveness

Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise but we know what needs to be done to halt this disturbing trend. This session will explore the systems changes necessary to begin saving lives today.

About the Panel

  • Eddie Watkins works for Missouri Department of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been with MoDOT for 5 years. He graduated from Southern University A&M with a B.S. Civil Engineering degree in 2005 and received a Masters in Environmental Engineering degree from Louisiana State University in 2013. As a Senior Traffic Studies Specialist, he is responsible for maintaining an effective traffic system throughout St. Charles County by helping to minimize accidents and ensuring the safe, efficient movement of vehicles, pedestrians, public transit and commodities for the citizens and visitors of St. Louis, Missouri. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and his hobbies are watching football and traveling.
  • Heather Cole Zaccaro is the Program Manager for the National Complete Streets Coalition. They perform quantitative, qualitative, and spatial analysis to support the Coalition’s reports and resources. They also coordinate the Coalition’s ongoing technical assistance programs and co-author articles, case studies, and toolkits. Prior to joining Smart Growth America, they conducted research on health-related behaviors in New York City and Brazil. They hold a Master of Science in City Design & Social Science from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in International Health from Georgetown University.