August 2018 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA Conference 2018

Teachers of Excellence

2018 Kaywood Award

MDTSEA Silvernale Award

2018 NSSP Conference

Driver Education State Administrators Symposium

ADED 2018 2 Day Course Schedule

August – Back to School Safety Month, NHTSA

August 15 – September 3, 2018 – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, NHTSA

Corporate Member of the Month

Save The Date

Newest ADTSEA Members

Upcoming Events

Aug 10-14, 2018

Oct 2018

Oct 12-13, 2018

Oct 26-27, 2018

Nov 15-16, 2018

Nov 30, 2018

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62nd ADTSEA Conference
“An Evolving World of Driver Safety”
Rosemont, IL.  July 22 – 25, 2018

The 62nd Annual ADTSEA Conference titled “An Evolving World of Driver Safety” was held in Rosemont, Illinois, July 22 – 25, 2018. The annual conference opened with Keith Williams from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the Keynote Speaker during the Opening General Session and discussed NHTSAs continued efforts to support Driver Education through partnerships and technical support. He addressed the importance of Driver Education and instructors to assist in educating and preparing novice drivers. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for teens in the US and the impacts of these senseless tragedies on families and society are immeasurable. He presented new NHTSA driver education infographics which will be available soon.

Keith Williams, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

A panel discussion on evaluating the effectiveness of driver education programs and implementing effective strategies was presented by Duane F. Shell, Nebraska University, Dan Mayhew, M.A, Traffic Injury Research Foundation and Troy E. Costales, Governor’s Highway Safety Association during the second General Session.

Bill Van Tassel presented on Teens Asleep Behind the Wheel and Andy Pilgrim introduced a new teaching video developed by the Traffic Safety Education Foundation called “Awareness Driving Techniques for Today” during the third General Session.

Terry L. Kline discussed the “Evolving World of Traffic Safety Education” during the Bishop Forum the fourth General Session.

The National Student Safety Program (NSSP) representatives set up exhibits displaying their outstanding peer education, community awareness and special projects they conducted during the school year to help prevent injuries and fatalities on our highways. The NSSP exhibits provided ideas for ADTSEA attendees that they can then integrate into their own schools. NSSP raised $1,275 that was donated to “The Harbour,” a youth shelter for young women between ages 12 and 21 in Northern Chicago. The U-Haul Trailer Safety Rodeo was held that provided hands-on experience on loading a trailer safely, hitching a trailer correctly, and backing up a trailer with a truck. Michelin North America provided tire safety education on site with the U-Haul rodeo.

They gave away one set of 4 Michelin tires valued at $1,000 to Ellie Smetzler at Shelton High School in the State of Washington.

Members and their guests enjoyed the baseball game and host outings to various sites for sightseeing as well as a dinner and entertainment outing. Friday, several members and guests attended the Cubs vs. Cardinals game at Wrigley Field. On Monday, guests explored a Chicago Landmark at Navy Pier for shopping, entertainment, sightseeing and dining. Tuesday guests took a tour of Chicago on a river cruise and explored the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue with shopping, food and sightseeing. Tuesday evening members and guests enjoyed an evening at the Hofbräuhaus with dinner and live entertainment. Spouses and guests enjoyed a welcome reception with cupcakes and fruit.

Thank you to everyone that attended and we hope to see you next year in Vermont!

For presentations from the 2018 ADTSEA Conference click here


Burlington, Vermont
July 21-24, 2019

Teachers of Excellence

The National Road Safety Foundation


Congratulations to our Teacher of Excellence Award winners Susan Carney Lammerding (Montana), Kel Hirohata (Hawaii), Dale Ludwig (North Dakota), Richard Ritter (Vermont) and Andrew Unseth (Minnesota).  Each submitted portfolios of evidence to demonstrate their qualifications for becoming a TEA recipient for this year’s conference.  After reviewing each portfolio, it was determined that all should be awarded the TEA for 2018. 

The TEA committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Road Safety Foundation for their continued support of this excellent award.  Each awardee will receive from the National Road Safety Foundation a monetary stipend, their conference registration waived, a name badge indicating their selection as a Teacher of Excellence award winner, and a plaque to be presented with their name and recognition as an ADTSEA Teacher of Excellence Award recipient. For the press release click here.

In picture from left to right: Rich Hanson, TEA Coordinator, David Reich, Reich Communications, Richard Ritter (Vermont), Susan Carney Lammerding (Montana), Michelle Anderson, NRSF, Kel Hirohata (Hawaii), Dale Ludwig (North Dakota) and Andrew Unseth (Minnesota).


2018 Kaywood Award

Each year at the annual ADTSEA conference an 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. This award is sponsored cooperatively with AAA National Office. The recipient of this year’s award is Connie Sessoms, Jr. from North Carolina. Thank you for your substantial contributions to traffic safety and driver education.


MDTSEA Silvernale Award
This award is given annually by the Michigan Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association.  The purpose of the Silvernale Award is to recognize persons throughout the country that have made an outstanding contribution to traffic safety education.  Individuals can be nominated on a national basis, and their contribution can be for traffic safety education, in general and need not be specific to driver education. 

The 2018 Silvernale award was presented to the ANSTSE / ADTSEA Teacher Working Group consisting of: Robin Bordner, Frank Gruber, Rich Hanson and Dale Ritzel.

In picture from left to right: Frank Gruber (AZ), Dale Ritzel (IL), Robin Bordner (MI) and Rich Hanson (OR).


2018 NSSP Conference
Congratulations to the NSSP Students on their projects and T-shirt designs. This year’s NSSP Conference in Rosemont, IL had 42 students and 16 advisors in attendance, representing 6 states (Hawaii, Illinois, Oklahoma, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin). They raised over $1,275 for The Harbour, a youth shelter for young women between ages 12 and 21 in Northern Chicago.  The students worked very hard on their projects this year and conducted themselves very professionally at conference.

Award Category


College Student of the Year

Alec Dodge, WA

High School Student of the Year

Paige Niemeyer, Gillespie High School, IL

Advisor of the Year

Jennifer Brown, IMPACT’D
Gillespie High, IL

Outstanding Continuing
Work in Traffic Education

Dole Middle School, HI

First-Time Participation                     

Farrington High School, HI

Award Category



Best in T-Shirt Design


Moanalua Peer Education, HI


Shelton SADD Club, WA


Baldwin Peer Education, HI

Community Service Project


Shelton SADD Club, WA


Baldwin Peer Education, HI


Gillespie MPACT’D, IL

Outstanding Youth Safety Group


Moanalua Peer Education, HI


Aiea Peer Education, HI


Gillespie MPACT’D, IL


Driver Education State Administrators Symposium
The Driver Education and Training Administrators (DETA) and the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education (ANSTSE) conducted a Driver Education State Administrators Symposium in Rosemont, Illinois Friday, July 20 – Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago OHare Hotel & Conference Center funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and assisted by ADTSEA.

The purpose of the symposium was to discuss enhancements to the NHTSA Driver Education State Assessment / Peer Review process and the ANSTSE State Technical Assistance process. Eighteen individuals attended the symposium from eleven different states. These states were identified as having conducted a NHTSA Driver Education State Assessment and/or having received ANSTSE Technical Assistance. These states included Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Also in attendance were DETA staff, ANSTSE members and NHTSA Staff.


ADED 2018 2 Day Training Course Schedule

Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation                                                             August 10-11, 2018
Richmond VA
15 ADED/1.5 AOTA hours offered                                                                     
This 2-day course is designed for the new driving evaluator.  The skills and knowledge needed to establish an adaptive driving program or become a new staff member for an established program will be discussed and shared.  The course will also cover the following topics:  development of a clinical and on road evaluation, basic training techniques, introduction to adaptive equipment, best practices in documentation and interactions with equipment vendors. 
Contact ADED 866-672-9466
Register online:


Click here for ADED 2018 Conference Info & Registration



August – Back to School Safety Month, NHTSA
Walk, Bike and Ride to School Safely! Visit these sites for tips and graphics on school safety:
Campaign material
Kids, Buses and You
School Transportation-Related Crashes  
Back to School Safety Checklist

Back to School Tips for Drivers

 Preview: Various FormatsAugust 15 – September 3, 2018 – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, NHTSA
One of the deadliest and most often committed - yet preventable - of crimes (drunk driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country. Use these customizable enforcement materials to help you successfully spread the campaign’s message, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and complement your enforcement campaign. The high-visibility enforcement model has two important purposes:

  • Spread the message, and
  • Increase enforcement efforts.

Corporate Member of the Month

Michelin North America

Automobile crashes are still the No. 1 killer of teens in our country. It’s a national tragedy, and Michelin believes we can do something about it.

Beyond the Driving Test, introduced in 2014 in partnership with Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), set a goal of gaining commitments from all 50 U.S. states to include consistent information about tire safety in their new driver training materials. That milestone was reached last year.

In the second phase of Beyond the Driving Test, Michelin aims to reach 1 million teen drivers with its #StreetTread campaign. To help further tell the story of the campaign, youth culture brand Vans partnered with Michelin to design limited edition versions of Vans Classic Sk8-Hi and Old Skool --- using the shoes on their feet to teach teens about safety with the “shoes” on their cars.

The #StreetTreadContest concluded Aug. 1 with an overwhelming response from teens throughout the country. Michelin will select 100 teen drivers who entered the contest throughout the summer, and the exclusive, limited-edition sneakers will be delivered to winners of the #StreetTreadContest after students return to school in the fall.

To learn more, please visit

Save the Dates: 2019 ADTSEA Conference


July 21-24, 2019 Burlington, Vermont


We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

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Lynn Kovecses PA

Wayne Hartmann IL

Brian Schwartz VT

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