2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference

The 58th Annual ADTSEA Conference will be held on July 13-16, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel.
Early Bird registration ends June 1, 2014.


The ADTSEA Chronicle

The ADTSEA Chronicle 2013 Issue Volume 60 has just been updated with a new article titled FARS is “Far-Out.” FARs is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatal Accident Reporting System, a primary fatal crash data source. This article will explain how professionals in driver education and traffic safety can query the FARS database, answer questions requiring fatal crash data, and then apply this information to professional practice. As you will see, FARS is truly “far-out!"

2014 ADTSEA Elections Results

President Elect
Jan Meeker HI

Secretary Treasurer
Gary Scott KS

Board of Directors

Nancy Andrus VT
William Warner OR
North Central
South Central
Mark Lee MN
Richard Wilson KS
Reginald Flythe NC
Fred Nagao HI

U-Haul Safe-Trailering Rodeo
U-Haul hosted a Safe-Trailering Rodeo for the National Student Safety Program (NSSP) at the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) in July 2013, in Portland, Maine. School teams composed of three students and an adult driver education coach vied for best safe-trailering team; competing in safe-trailer hook up, loading and backing up categories. The teams added to their safe-trailering knowledge and had a good time in the process.  To see the video on YouTube click here.


2013 Richard Kaywood Memorial Award

Carol Hardin of Virginia received the 2013 Richard Kaywood Memorial Award, sponsored by AAA National. In 1985, and each year thereafter, at the annual ADTSEA conference the award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to traffic safety in memory of Dr. Richard Kaywood, who served the Association and traffic safety education for many years. Congratulations Carol!


2013 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.


Mark Hamilton, VT and Christine Bergan, WI


ADTSEA Chronicle 2013 Issue Updated

The ADTSEA Chronicle 2013 Issue: Volume 60 was recently updated to include the article “Assessment of an Automotive Driving Simulator to Educate Novice Drivers,” from Clemson University in South Carolina.
Click here for the ADTSEA Chronicle 2013 Issue: Volume 60. 

ADTSEA 3.0 Driver Education Online Training Course

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.

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.


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.

Please click here for the Sharing the Road with Bicyclists Unit Lesson Plan. Click here for the Sharing the Road with Bicyclists Unit Presentation.

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

Click here for the entire letter.
Click here for the NHTSA Toolkit for Driver Education.


Get Informed. Get Inspired. Get Involved.
Project Ignition Grants Now Available!

The National Youth Leadership Council and State Farm are pleased to announce the availability of $2,000 Project Ignition grants for public high schools to support their students in addressing teen driver safety through service-learning. For more information about Project Ignition, Click here.

Twenty-Five High Schools Receive Project Ignition Grants to Promote Safer, Smarter Driving. Read more here.


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.