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ADTSEA Parent/Guardian Teen Learning-to-Drive Risk-Management Online Seminar Now Available! For more information click here.

ADTSEA Online Parent Seminar Webinar Recordings

April 4, 2017 Webinar Recording

April 18, 2017 Webinar Recording


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).


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


A Message to Massachusetts Motorists
from Erin C. Deveney, Registrar of Motor Vehicles

Sharing the Road with Bicycles:
In 2009, to further promote safe interactions on our roads between bicycles and motor
vehicles, the Governor signed several new laws. These expand the rights of bicyclists and
make it easier to cite them for their own traffic violations. They also place new legal
responsibilities on motorists. The changes should help ensure that bicyclists have a safer
riding environment. The changes enforce stricter standards on motorists to be alert and
careful in the presence of bicycles. For a brief description of these changes, see page 78 and 106.
See entire Driver's Manual here.
Danger of Doors to Cyclists
Somerville MA Anti Dooring METS


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Lehigh Valley Health Network Simulation Study Results Show
Driving Simulators Effective in Training

Virtual Driver Interactive Simulators and One Simple Decision Software® Used in Four-Year Study 

El Dorado Hills, CA.—June 12, 2017—ADTSEA Corporate Member, Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc. (VDI),  a provider of simulation-based driver training solutions, congratulates Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for conducting an extensive, four-year study focused on the educational effectiveness of driving simulators.  LVHN’s study confirms that driving simulators using first-person, consequence-based training play a significant role in raising the knowledge about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving behaviors.  The results conclude that using educational driving simulators showing drivers real life consequences of choices they make while driving, does raise awareness about texting, cell phone use, impaired driving, and not wearing a seat belt. Click here for the press release. Read more about the study here. More about the study is also here.


NETSEA Tire Safety Workshop

A tire safety workshop was conducted in Manchester, New Hampshire on May 12, 2017 where ADTSEA and Michelin trained 35 instructors from the Northeast Region. The workshop was funded through a grant from Michelin to reach Michelin’s goal to have all 50 states include comprehensive tire safety information in their driver manual and driver’s education curriculum by 2020.

Click here for pictures from the workshop.


2017 ADTSEA Election Results 

President Elect: Mark Lee, MN

Secretary/Treasurer: Gary Scott, KS

NE Board of Directors: Gabriella Netsch, VT

NW Board of Directors: Gary Roylance, UT

NC Board of Directors: Robin Bordner, MI

SE Board of Directors: Greg Mangan, TN

SW Board of Directors: Genny Claxton, CA

SC Board of Directors: Kevin Makal, TX


ADTSEA Member Behind-the-Wheel with ADHD Webinar

ADTSEA Members please take advantage of an exclusive offer from Behind-the-Wheel with ADHD. They are offering their webinar at a rate of $75 for ADTSEA members only for Spring 2017. The dates of the webinars are April 11 and May 9 all beginning at 10 am Central time for 2 hours. To register for the Behind-the-Wheel with ADHD webinar click here.


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.


ADTSEA / Michelin Tire Safety Lifesavers Preconference Workshop

This workshop has been cancelled.


ADTSEA / Michelin Tire Safety Pre-Conference Workshop at ADTSEA Conference

ADTSEA will be conducting a free tire safety workshop to driver education instructors prior to the ADTSEA Conference in Sacramento, California on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Participants will receive a free copy of the ADTSEA Curriculum and a free set of Michelin tires will be given away. Lunch and giveaways will be provided as well. The workshop is limited to 30 attendees. You must register for the conference to attend.

For more information or to register go here.


Biographies for the 2017 Election.
2017 Election Biographies


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


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.


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.