April eNewsletter


ADTSEA CEO Dr. Allen Robinson
to receive NHTSA’s Public Service Award

NHTSA Administrator Strickland will present to our own
Dr. Allen Robinson the prestigious NHTSA Public Service Award at the 2013 Lifesavers Conference in Denver, CO - “for a lifetime of dedication to traffic safety and young drivers as an educator, teacher trainer, and national leader for motorcycle safety and driver education.”  Congratulations, Allen, for this long-overdue recognition of your leadership in the effort to keep young drivers safe.

AT & T It Can Wait Campaign
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 texting while 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.

2013 TEA Information is available on the ADTSEA Website
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.  To see the criteria and requirements for the award and to fill out a nomination form, click here.

The National Road Safety Foundation’s
JST DRV PSA Contest!

The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and National Student Safety Program (NSSP) are looking for the best ideas for radio public service announcements, conceived by young people and aimed at young people, to alert them to the dangers of distracted driving.  For more information and to submit your entry go to http://nrsf.org/teenlane/jstdrv/.

New Study: Teen Driver Deaths Increase in 2012
Preliminary Data Indicate Deaths of 16- and 17-Year-Old Drivers Up 19 Percent
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles increased dramatically for the first six months of 2012, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 202 to 240 – a 19 percent jump. Read more about the study here.

Traffic Safety Community Calls on Congress to Fully Fund Highway Safety Grant Programs
MADD and GHSA warn that failure to fund priority safety programs will be devastating for states
Washington, D.C.—Six major highway safety organizations called on Congress to fully fund the Priority Highway Safety Grant Program, known as Section 405, when Congress considers funding for the remainder of FY 2013. Section 405 provides performance-based incentive funding for states to address key areas of highway safety that include impaired driving, distracted driving, occupant protection, motorcycle safety, traffic records and improving graduated driver licensing laws. The Section 405 program, authorized under the recently enacted surface transportation legislation known as MAP-21, did not increase federal spending for highway safety. It merely took existing budget authority under other incentive grant programs and re-packaged it into a single consolidated grant program. Read more here.

Senate Action Restores Highway Safety Funding
Statement for Attribution to Barbara Harsha, Executive Director, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—GHSA is extremely grateful to the Senate Appropriations Committee for  fully funding highway safety grant programs in its FY 2013 spending bill. Read the bill here.

Mark your Calendars!
July 14 – 17, 2013
57th Annual ADTSEA Conference

This year’s conference is titled “Adopting and Implementing Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards” and will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Portland, ME.  Our ADTSEA program planners have an extensive list of presenters for each division session.  The General Sessions combine national leaders, motivational speakers and awards recognition. This year the General Session speakers include Ed Gerety, Certified Speaking Professional/Author; Robert Green, President, Survive The Drive, Inc. and Teresa Bolick, Ph.D., licensed psychologist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and Asperger Syndrome. The Bishop Forum speaker is Debbie Silver, speaker, author and humorist. For more information and registration forms visit our website at adtsea.org.

July 13 – 15, 2013
2013 Annual NSSP Conference

The National Student Safety Program Annual Teen Leadership Training Conference invites teens from across the nation to share their peer education activities and projects, learn about new ideas and campaigns they can conduct in their schools and communities, and enjoy a memorable conference experience! This year’s conference is titled “DIRIGO!” (I Lead!). Click here for the NSSP Conference.

Upcoming Events

NDDTSEA 2013 Conference
April 4th - 6th, 2013
Seven Seas Hotel
Mandan, ND
Contact Carol Thurn

WDTSEA/DPI 2013 Conference
April 5th & 6th, 2013
Turning Stone Conference Center/Resort/Casino
Stevens Point, WI
Contact Doug Coons

TDTSEA 2013 Conference
April 12th & 13th

Northeast ISD Community Education Building
San Antonio, TX
More Information

MEDTSEA 2013 Conference
April 26th, 2013
Fireside Inn & Suites
Portland, ME
More Information

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