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Michael Dreznes

International Road Federation
Former Executive Vice President
Michael Dreznes retired December 31, 2020 as Executive Vice- President of the International Road Federation (IRF), a position he assumed in February 2012. Dreznes spent 35 years working to make roads safe around the world. He started his career at Energy Absorption Systems, Inc. where he introduced the concept of crash cushions internationally.  He later continued his quest to make roads safe with Barrier Systems, a Lindsay Transportation Safety company.  He is recognized as one of the world’s leading specialists on roadside /median and work zone safety promoting the concept of “Forgiving Roads.” He has conducted hundreds of road safety training seminars on roadside safety, work zone safety, vulnerable user safety and road safety audit in over70 countries. Dreznes was Co-Chairman of the Transportation Research Board AFB20 (2) Roadside Safety Subcommittee on International Research Activities for 18 years until 2019. He serves as  Co- Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) Decade of Action Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility Project Group. In 2015, Dreznes received the TRB AFB20 Roadside Safety Design Kenneth Stonex Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020 the Puerto Rico Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) presented Dreznes with their 2020 Road Safety International Ambassador Award.