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Automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens in America, with 5,000
deaths each year.
 What’s more, of the 2.2 million accidents per year among inexperienced drivers, 12 percent can be attributed to tire related issues, such as insufficient tread or pressure.
 That's why it's critical that driver’s education programs offer instruction on tire maintenance and safety.
Because many of these accidents are preventable, Michelin and FIA have joined together to launch a campaign, Beyond the Driving Test, to raise awareness of tire maintenance and safety. This campaign makes available resources designed to initiate conversation between educators and teens, parents and teens, and among teen drivers and their peers. The two organizations are working with national groups and state organizations to meet the goal of having all 50 states include some form of tire safety information in their individual driver’s education curricula by 2020. For more information and free resources, visit: http://beyondthedrivingtest.com/
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The 59th Annual ADTSEA Conference will be held July 12 – 15, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. You can reserve your room at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown by calling (919) 872-2323 or
1-800-445-8667. You can also make online reservations here. When making your reservations, request the ADTSEA conference hotel rate of $109.00 per night. Please check the events page often for updates on the 2015 ADTSEA Conference.
2015 ADTSEA Elections
Wendy Bills UT
Reginald Flythe NC
Barbara Brody VT
Gary Scott KS
Board of Directors
Nancy Andrus - VT
Michael Shepard - WA
Debra Twenhafel - IL
Romona Cook - TX
John Potts - NC
Don Coloma - HI
Click here to view the candidates biographies
The ADTSEA Chronicle
The ADTSEA Chronicle 2014 Issue Volume 61 has just been released which features the acceptance speech by Lindsay Townsend for the 2014 Kaywood Award and Barbara Brody’s Introduction of the Kaywood Award winner given at the 2014 ADTSEA Conference on behalf of Lindsay Townsend. A brief overview of the most recent ADTSEA State Affiliate and Driver Education State Administrator Webinar on Educating Young Drivers on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety is also included.
Webinar on Educating Young Drivers on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
For a recording of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Webinar click here
2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference
The 58th Annual ADTSEA Conference was held in Wichita, Kansas July 13 – 16, 2014. Keynote speaker, Curtis Waltermire, KS, opened the conference with his engaging presentation “The Art of Distraction”. Education’s Songwriter, Dr. Monte Selby, entertained and inspired attendees during the Bishop Forum and Bill Cordes was motivational with his presentation titled “YOGOWYPI – You Only Get Out What You Put In.” Division Session speakers presented on a variety of topics related to Strategic Planning: Driver Education in the Digital Age.
The 2014 Teacher of the Year awards were presented to Carol Hoormann, MO, Bea Kehr, MN, and John F. Viau, VT honoring them as outstanding driver and traffic safety educators. Members and their guests enjoyed the host outings to various sites for shopping and sightseeing as well as an unforgettable Western entertainment experience at the Prairie Rose Opera House.
The 2014 Kaywood Award was awarded to Lindsay Townsend in recognition of his outstanding contributions to traffic safety.
Visit the ADTSEA website at www.adtsea.org for downloaded presentations and pictures from the conference. The Kansas Host Committee did an outstanding job providing members with information, activities and entertainment adding to the success of this year’s conference. Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Raleigh, North Carolina next year!
Mark your calendar for July 12-15, 2015
2014 ADTSEA Teachers Excellence Award Winners
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Teachers Excellence Award. The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association’s (ADTSEA) Teacher Excellence Award (TEA) sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), honors outstanding driver and traffic safety educators.
Beatrice Kehr, MN - Carol Hoormann, MO - John Viau, VT
The South County Times in St. Louis ran a story on our TEA winner Carol Hoormann. Read the article here.
ADTSEA 3.0 Driver Education Online Training Course
The Online Training Course features the same classroom unit lesson plans and tests contained within the ADTSEA 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum and was developed using the e-learning software program, Moodle. The new Online Training Course contains printable fact sheets, content, videos, textbook reading assignments, learning activities, worksheets, review questions and unit tests. Students will have to complete each unit and unit test with 80% accuracy to continue to the next unit. For more information on the 3.0 Online Training Course click here.
ADTSEA has launched the 3.0 Driver Education Online Training Course. This course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge necessary to operate an automobile. It is an introduction to the highway transportation system with emphasis on risk perception and management in the decision-making process.
Letter from Brian McLaughlin, NHTSA's Senior Administrator - Traffic Injury Control on Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Click here.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Interim Final Rule (IFR) published in Federal Register
The IFR requires states to provide evidence of having a state-certified driver education program to qualify for state funding under MAP-21 and encourages states to implement the Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards (NTDETAS). Read the article here.
Letter of Acknowledgement from the National Transportation Board
Please read the letter of recognition by NTSB for recommendations made to NHTSA by ADTSEA regarding driver education. The letter acknowledges ADTSEA for the continued efforts being made to improve driver education by developing a model curriculum and administrative standards.
Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
The Adam Little Foundation has developed a comprehensive unit on Sharing the Road with Bicyclists. The Unit includes a lesson plan with objectives and content specific to sharing the road with bicyclists. The lesson plan is accompanied with a class presentation in PowerPoint, which can be utilized by driver education teachers in the classroom.
For more information about the Adam Little Foundation, click here
We at the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) are pleased by
the recent developments and steps taken by AT&T to eliminate the tragic practice of textingwhile driving.
As a national advocate for quality traffic safety education and the professional association which represents traffic safety educators, we know full well how dangerous drivers can be when they are distracted.
Taking a pledge to no longer text and drive is a serious commitment that we strongly believe in, and one that we encourage our members and educators to learn more about. More information about the pledge can be found on the campaign's website, www.itcanwait.com
Click here for the ADTSEA letter of support.
Driver Education Curriculum Version 3.0
ADTSEA has released a revised curriculum for driver educators. This is a complete package containing curriculum lesson plans, enhanced learning activities and worksheets, still picture illustrations, short video clips and videos embedded in the DVD. The package includes 2 DVDs, 1 CD , 1 hard copy 3.0 curriculum and 1 copy of AAA How to Drive (14th Edition). Please click here for the Curriculum Overview, click here for the brochure including an order form, or go to our online store.
NHTSA Administrators Letter in Support of Driver Education
I firmly believe that an effective driver education program-along with proven safety legislation, active law enforcement and positive engagement of parents, schools and other community members -is an important element in a program to protect these young drivers. Over the past several years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has supported the development of several products designed to improve the quality of driver education provided to novice drivers. This includes the development of:
1) Curriculum standards that outline WHAT should be taught;
2) model curricula that demonstrate HOW it can be taught; and
3) administrative standards that outline HOW driver education should be delivered
Changes Affecting Graduated Driver Licensing and Passenger Restraint Laws
In an effort to enhance safety on Pennsylvania roads, Governor Corbett and
the Legislature have agreed on changes to the Vehicle Code involving graduated
driver licensing requirements, passenger restrictions for junior drivers and
passenger restraint laws. The new rules in Act 81 of 2011 take effect on Dec. 24,
2011. Read more. Read Governor Corbett's Letter.