2016 Annual ADTSEA Conference

The 60th Annual ADTSEA Conference titled “Meeting Our Changing Times” was held in Portland, OR, July 17 – 20, 2016. ADTSEA CEO, Allen Robinson, opened the conference with his presentation 60 Years of ADTSEA. Father Michael Oleksa inspired attendees during the Bishop Forum with his presentation “The Culture Within our Driving Culture”, designed to foster a greater understanding across boundaries of race and culture. Gordon Graham shared several moving presentations. 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 $1600 that was donated to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Tyler Presnell presented “Respect the Journey” and Kerrie Warne from TyREDD presented on “The Shocking Truth About Sleep Deprivation and Drowsy Driving.”

Members and their guests enjoyed the host outings to various sites for shopping and sightseeing as well as a special dinner outing. Sunday there was an outing to Seaside, where members could walk the Promenade, rent bikes, take a whirl on the carousel or visit the Seaside Aquarium! There were two day trips to visit and explore Mt. St. Helens. Tuesday evening many ADTSEA participants traveled to the Old Spaghetti Factory and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for an authentic Italian meal.

2016 Kaywood Award

The 2016 Kaywood Award was awarded to Chuck Lehning, from NC during the awards banquet in recognition of his outstanding contributions to traffic safety.

2016 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.

Michelle Anderson, NRSF, Judy Weber – Jones,  IL, Yusuf Quidwai, WA
Becky Hardy, ND, Rich Hanson, TEA Facilitator, David Reich, NRSF

For downloaded presentations from the conference click here.

For pictures from the conference click here.

Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Sacramento, California next year! 
Mark your calendar for July 16 - 19, 2017.


ADTSEA / Michelin Portland, Oregon Tire Safety Workshop Pictures



2016 Election Results

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

President Elect: Wendy Bills, UT
Secretary/Treasurer: Gary Scott, KS
NE Board of Directors: Nancy Andrus, VT
NW Board of Directors: Yusuf Quidwai, WA
NC Board of Directors: Karen Sorenson, WI
SE Board of Directors: Karl Logan, NC
SW Board of Directors: Fred Nagao, HI
SC Board of Directors: Allyn Workman, MO


ADTSEA/Michelin Lifesavers Conference, Long Beach Tire Safety Workshop Pictures

ADTSEA/Michelin SERA Post-Conference Tire Safety Workshop Pictures



ADTSEA/Michelin Miami Tire Safety Workshop Pictures


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 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.


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.



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.