2018 Election Results
The ADTSEA office would like to thank everyone who participated and extend our congratulations to those elected.

President Elect: Bill Van Tassel
Secretary/Treasurer: Gary Scott
NE Board of Directors: Nancy Andrus
NW Board of Directors: Bill Warner
NC Board of Directors: Jennifer Sletten
SE Board of Directors: Harold Fleming
SW Board of Directors: Waynette Mitchell
SC Board of Directors: Allyn Workman

Thank you for your continued support of ADTSEA.


our roads safety partnership for responsible driving
National Work Zone Awareness Week
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9 – 13, 2018. On average, over 700 fatalities occur in work zones each year. A work zone is an area where road construction, maintenance or utility work takes place. Safety for crews in work zones, as well as the vehicles that travel through them, is critically important. Drivers must be on watch for workers coming in and out of work zones, including flaggers who may be directing traffic patterns. Keep yourself and the people around you safe while traveling through them with these tips


New FMCSA Video.

Our Roads, Our Safety


FMCSA Urges Everyone to “Share the Road Safely
In National Safety Campaign

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues its efforts to raise public awareness so that all drivers know how to operate safely around large trucks and buses through a newly formed partnership under the Our Roads, Our Safety campaign.

ADTSEA is proud to be a partner of the FMCSA campaign to educate all pedestrians, bicyclists, passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers on how to better share our roadways and improve safety for all.

For more information click here

For the Our Roads digital toolkit click here


James Madison University conducted a new driving simulation study regarding the impact of driving
simulators on changing behaviors associated with texting and driving.


Revised 2017 Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards (NTDETAS) and Model Instructor Training Materials Released

The 2017 revised Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards have been published! The revised standards incorporate:

1) classroom and behind-the-wheel delivery standards,

2) online delivery standards,

3) instructor training standards to support the stages for an instructor preparation program and the model training materials for the teaching task, which were developed, as well as

4) a revision to the entire NTDETAS.

For more information on the NTDETAS click here.

Model training materials for the teaching task and the stages for States and/or programs to train driver education instructors have been developed. These materials can be found here.



2017 Annual ADTSEA Conference

The 61st Annual ADTSEA Conference titled “Embracing Technology” was held in Sacramento, California,  July 16 – 19, 2017. The annual conference opened with Chris Cochran from the  California Office of Traffic Safety and Steve Barrow, Program Director of AHEAD presenting information in regard to California’s Driver Education program. Reed Berry from California presented as the Keynote Speaker during the opening General Session. Vern Keeslar and Walt Webster discussed Operation Lifesaver of Utah during the Bishop Forum, helping to bring more awareness to public awareness with railroad tracks and crossings. Andy Pilgrim presented on educating drivers on vehicle technology. 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 over $1400 that was donated to the Wind Youth Services. Scott Backovich and Attorney Wayne Parsons were Keynote Speakers for NSSP.

Members and their guests enjoyed the host outings to various sites for shopping and sightseeing as well as a special dinner outing. Saturday, several guests participated in the annual Host Committee Golf Tournament at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course. On Monday, members and guests explored California Gold Country. Tuesday night guests visited Old Town Sacramento and enjoyed a one hour cruise on the Sacramento River.  Spouses and guests enjoyed a welcome reception with cupcakes and crafts as well as an Ohana Night held by our members from Hawaii. Many attendees enjoyed the California State Fair that was next door to our location.

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

July 22-25, 2018

Conference Pictures and Presentations

2017 Kaywood Award
The 2017 Kaywood Award was awarded to Frank J. Gruber, from Illinois during the awards banquet in recognition of his outstanding contributions to traffic safety.


Congratulations to the 2017 TEA Award Winners.

The Teacher of Excellence Award attracted 4 excellent candidates who met or exceeded the expectations of this award.  The following teachers will be recognized at this year’s conference during the TEA Luncheon and be given the opportunity to provide a few remarks when they are called forward to receive their award. The teachers are Allyn Workman (Missouri), Jonathon Dondoneau (North Dakota), Larry Fairclo (Oregon) and Cynthia Bagley (Hawaii).  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 the 2017. 

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 received 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 with their name and recognition as an ADTSEA Teacher of Excellence Award recipient.

In picture from left to right: Michelle Anderson, NRSF, Jonathon Dondoneau (North Dakota), Allyn Workman (Missouri),  Rich Hanson, TEA Coordinator, Larry Fairclo (Oregon), David Reich, Reich Communications and Cynthia Bagley (Hawaii).


New ADTSEA and Michelin Tire Safety Training Module Available for Download

Advancing a national awareness program to reduce preventable crashes among teen drivers, Michelin and ADTSEA today published the first national tire-safety training module for driving instructors.  This update standardizes tire-safety education materials and provides a collection of new resources, including videos and hands-on exercises for instructors and students.

The new module is designed to equip driving instructors across the U.S. with an improved understanding of tire safety and new instructional resources to deliver this critical message to new drivers.

To download the tire safety module click here.



Automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens in America, with 5,000+ deaths each year.

[1] 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.

[2] 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/

[1] NHTSA Youth Traffic Safety Statistics
[2] 2012 NHTSA study focused on tire problems as experienced by light vehicles in the pre-crash phase

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 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.