April 2014 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

Survey for the Development of the ADTSEA 4.0 Curriculum

2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference    

2014 Annual NSSP Conference

Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education (MDTSEA)
Annual Conference

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

St. Cloud State University is refreshing the available pool of adjunct faculty members to teach Traffic Safety Education courses.  

Riding with Impaired Drivers Tied to Riskier Teen Driving

Texting and Driving - Legislature Takes a Pass on Tougher Texting Law

Poll: Most Mississippians Support Ban on Texting While Driving for All Motorists

Ford Driving Skills for Life Advanced Driving Skills Program Begins Second Decade with New Content, Technology

 

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Apr 4th & 5th

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Apr 4th&5th

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Apr 25th&26th

MTEA
Apr 27th-29th

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May 7th-9th

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Survey for the Development of the ADTSEA 4.0 Curriculum
The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) is conducting a survey to assist with the development of a new and improved 4.0 curriculum. We would like to seek your assistance to determine ways to improve and update the curriculum. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
To complete the survey please use the following link to Survey Monkey:

2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference
“Strategic Planning: Driver Education in the Digital Age”
The 58th Annual ADTSEA Conference titled “Strategic Planning: Driver Education in the Digital Age” will be held July 13 – 16, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas. This is a very important event for all of us.  It is a time to come together and share information that is a valuable part of our continued education.

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 Sessions include Curtis Waltermire, a professional magician and mentalist as well as motivational speaker Bill Cordes, the YOGOWYPI  Guy “You Only Get Out What You Put In”.  The Bishop Forum speaker is Dr. Monte Selby, educator, author, and speaker from Colorado, Education’s Songwriter with a presentation titled “Creating a Best Day: How Good Teachers Get Better!”

Early Bird registration ends June 1, 2014.

DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport
Reservations: 1-800-247-4458
Ask for the ADTSEA Conference Room of $106.00 per night
For more information visit our website at www.adtsea.org.

2014 Annual NSSP Conference
July 12-14, 2014 – Double Tree by Hilton at Wichita Airport, Kansas
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 “Shining in Safety”.
For more information visit our website here.

Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education (MDTSEA)
Annual Conference
The Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education (MDTSEA) will be holding their annual conference on April 4 and 5, 2014.  It will be held at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, MN.  MDTSEA is the professional organization of the high school driver educators in Minnesota.  Some of our members are commercial school teachers also.  Check out MDTSEA and information about the conference on their web site at www.mdtsea.net and clicking on the appropriate icon.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Article by Ted Chen and Rachel Gervolino from  LifeSaver.

Smartphone use among Americans has increased drastically within the past few years, with teenagers leading the way with over 80% using smartphones according to one estimate. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers is the under-20 group.  In fact, 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving, making teen drivers four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes directly related to distracted driving.

As teenage driver educators, our main goal is to educate these inexperienced teens on safe driving practices, and on tools that can help remind them of these safe driving practices especially when they might need some extra help.  For example, most teens are very aware of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving (96% understand that using a cell phone is distracting, according to a 2013 survey by SADD and Liberty Mutual).  Despite this cognizance, teens are no more immune to the allure of the smartphone than the rest of our society, and thus many of them continue to use the phone while driving (86% admit to using a cell phone behind the wheel, 68% admit to reading or replying to text messages while driving according to the same survey).  These technological distractions are not going away, and will probably only become more prevalent.

Here at  LifeSaver, we view distracted driving as a symptom of our smartphone addiction, and as with any addiction, you need help to break the habit.  That’s why we designed our app to be installed by the driver’s loved one, typically the parent of a teenager.  When the parent installs the app, he/she can decide how restrictive certain settings should be for their teenager.  For example, the parent can control how quickly the phone unlocks when the car comes to a stop and whether the teen has the ability to unlock the phone while driving in case of an emergency or if the teen is a passenger.  Using these unlock features does not come without a cost to the teen ... if unlock features are used by the teen, the app automatically sends a text notification to his/her parent with the GPS location and time of the unlock.  This notification will typically prompt a discussion between the teen and the parent, which provides accountability for not abusing the unlock feature.  On the flip side,  LifeSaver also offers drivers a monthly opportunity to earn rewards for their safe driving and other activities.

Let’s be realistic.  We all know the likelihood of a teen driver completely turning off his or her phone when driving is very slim.  Instead of giving teens advice on how to avoid the allure of their phone, we feel that it will be more effective to install an app like  LifeSaver to remove the risk of using the phone altogether.  We hope you consider adding apps like  LifeSaver to your teen driver education programs.  Together, we can hopefully make a difference in the distracted driving epidemic.

St. Cloud State University
is refreshing the available pool of adjunct faculty members to teach Traffic Safety Education courses. If you are interested go to http://agency.governmentjobs.com/stcloudstate/default.cfm

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Newsletter
Read The AAA Foundations latest newsletter here.

Riding with Impaired Drivers Tied to Riskier Teen Driving
Teens who've been in cars with impaired drivers may be more likely themselves to get behind the wheel drunk or drugged, a recent study suggests. And the more times they're driven around by an impaired driver, the more risky their own driving habits become. While other studies have found ties between riding with impaired drivers and teen impaired driving risk, the new study surveyed about 2,500 U.S. students each year between 10th and 12th grades to examine rates over time - not at just one point. "We were interested in both driving while intoxicated and riding with an intoxicated driver, because it's the combined of the two behaviors that reflects the true risk," Bruce Simons-Morton, one of the researchers, told Reuters Health. "When you do that, you see a relatively high proportion - about 30 percent in our study - reported either driving while intoxicated or riding with an intoxicated driver within the last three years," he said. Read more here.

Texting and Driving - Legislature Takes a Pass on Tougher Texting Law
Last week the Iowa Senate passed a bill that might have changed how Iowa's texting and driving ban is enforced. However, the Iowa House of Representatives will not be considering the bill this year, according to Rep. Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars. The Iowa Senate's bill, approved in a 41-7 vote last week, would have made texting while driving a primary offense. That would mean law enforcement could pull over a driver they saw texting, even if they weren't breaking any other traffic law. To the north, Minnesota already has a law like this in place. Currently in Iowa, officers can only fine drivers for texting if they were pulled over for violating another rule, such as the speed limit. Iowa's Senate proposed a $35 fine for breaking the texting law, which also includes using instant messages, emails and other electronic communication such as social media websites. The Senate sent the texting and driving bill to the House last Wednesday, Soderberg said. "There was not enough time to consider a bill that was a little bit controversial," Soderberg said. He explained that details in bills must be worked out through committees and subcommittees. Read more here.

Poll: Most Mississippians Support Ban on Texting While Driving for All Motorists
A new survey released this month says most Mississippians support tightening the state’s law on texting while driving. Currently Mississippi prohibits texting while driving for those with a learner’s permit or an intermediate license, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety. There are two bills regarding texting and driving working their way through the current session of the Mississippi Legislature. House Bill 484 would ban texting while driving for anyone 18 or younger, while Senate Bill 2434 states any driver who texts or accesses social media while driving could be charged with careless driving, with conviction carrying a fine anywhere from $5 to $50. The new survey says 93 percent of respondents showed support for prohibiting texting while driving for all motorists. Forty-three percent of respondents identified crashes caused by texting and driving as their top road safety concern in Mississippi. The poll was conducted by Southern Research Group, a polling firm in Jackson, Miss. It was conducted via telephone from Feb. 18-22, among 604 Mississippi residents aged 18 and over. The poll was commissioned by Allstate Insurance Company to gauge constituent sentiment as the Mississippi State Legislature considers bills that would address texting while driving. Read more here.

Ford Driving Skills for Life Advanced Driving Skills Program Begins Second Decade with New Content, Technology
Ford Driving Skills for Life Advanced Driving Skills Program Begins Second Decade with New Content, Technology

  • Ford Driving Skills for Life begins its second decade in 2014 with evolving and expanding content to help new drivers gain skills not taught in traditional driver’s education programs
  • Use of a new drunk driving suit simulates the physical effects alcohol impairment can have on a driver
  • Curriculum adds a driving selfies warning to address dangerous new trend of drivers snapping photos of themselves while behind the wheel
  • Ford Driving Skills for Life, now operating in more than 15 countries, continues global expansion; program to start in Belgium, Romania, Malaysia and Myanmar
Ford Driving Skills for Life, the free, advanced driving skills program for novice drivers, is launching its second decade in 2014 with an expanded reach and mission as it continues to address dangerous trends and challenges faced by teens and other new drivers.  “Over the last 10 years we have taken pride in our ability to adjust the curriculum to keep up with the constantly changing world awaiting teens and other new drivers,” said Jim Graham, Ford Driving Skills for Life manager. “We listen to the needs and concerns of teen drivers, and modify the program to keep it fresh and relevant.” This year Ford Driving Skills for Life will continue to reinforce the importance of “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road” while driving. A new element in the curriculum is designed to warn of the dangerous new trend of taking mobile self-portraits while behind the wheel, known as driving selfies. The hands-on portion of the program will demonstrate the distraction created by taking selfies while driving on a closed course. The online portion will also explain the risks associated with taking driving selfies. Read more here.

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