Aug 2013 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

2013 ADTSEA Conference

Update on the ADTSEA 3.0 Curriculum

NHTSA Recognizes Dedicated Safety Champions at Annual Lifesavers Conference

What Do Teachers Make?

Washington Teen Wins Natuional Contest For Best Distracted Driving Radio PSA

Teens Delaying Licensure - a cause for concern?

States Receive Teen Driving Grants for Innovative Projects

Speeding Still a Factor in a Thrid of Fatal Driving Crashes

Upcoming Events

MDTSEA 2013 Conference

Aug 9th, 2013
Radisson Plaza Hotel
Kalamazoo, MI

Vadets Fall Conference

Sept 27th & 28th
Holiday Inn Airport
Sandston, VA

WTSEA Fall Conference

Oct 11th & 12th
113 Tumwater, WA

ODTSEA FAll Conference

Oct 12th
Roseburg & Portland, OR

SCDTSEA Fall Conference

Nov 22nd, 2013


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2013 ADTSEA Conference
The 57th Annual ADTSEA Conference was held in Portland, Maine July 14 – 17, 2013. The preconference workshop “Creating Hands-On Activities for Your Classroom and In-Vehicle Instruction” with Shari Willis provided participants with creative activities to use in their driver education programs.  Keynote speaker, Troy Costales, OR, opened the conference with his presentation “How Standards Enhance Your Driver Education Program”. Special guest presenters Ed Gerety, Debbie Silver and Teresa Bolick provided us with humor, inspiration and information. Session speakers presented on a variety of topics related to Adopting and Implementing Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards.

The 2013 Teacher of the Year awards were presented to Christine Bergen, WI and Mark Hamilton, NH honoring them as outstanding driver and traffic safety educators.

ADTSEA Members and their guests enjoyed the host outings to various sites for shopping and sightseeing as well as a Lobster Bake at Peaks Island Lion’s Club.

During the Awards Banquet, the 2013 Kaywood Award was awarded to Carol Hardin in recognition of her outstanding contributions to traffic safety.

Visit the ADTSEA website at for downloaded presentations and pictures from the conference.  The New England Host Committee did an outstanding job providing members with information, activities and entertainment adding to the success of this year’s conference. Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Wichita, Kansas next year! 
Mark your calendar for July 13-16, 2014!

Update on the ADTSEA 3.0 Curriculum
Based on feedback from the ADTSEA membership, ADTSEA has been working on a new version of the 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum designed to be used specifically in a computer or laptop. The new CD-ROM in html format is now available and will give ADTSEA members a choice of formats best suited for their classroom. Members who have purchased the DVD Edition of the 3.0 Curriculum who would like to receive the new CD-ROM version can email the ADTSEA office at

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Recognizes Dedicated Safety Champions at Annual Lifesavers Conference
DENVER – At the 31st Annual Lifesavers Conference, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) presented 14 individuals and organizations with the agency's top public service award for their tireless efforts in advancing highway safety throughout the country.

“Safety is the Department of Transportation’s top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “But we can’t get there alone.  The individuals we recognize today are making a difference by helping reduce highway fatalities and injuries in states and localities across the country.” Read more here.

Allen Robinson, Ph.D.
CEO, American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association
Indiana, Pennsylvania
“In recognition of your lifelong dedication to traffic safety and young drivers as an educator, teacher, and national leader for motorcycle safety and driver education.”

What Do Teachers Make?
From A School Principal's speech at a graduation:

He said "Doctor wants his child to become a doctor.........
Engineer wants his child to become engineer......
Businessman wants his ward to become CEO.....
BUT a teacher also wants his child to become one of the above..!!!!
Nobody wants to become a teacher BY CHOICE”.... Very sad but that's the truth!!!

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher,  Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"
Teacher Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began...

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 minutes without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make?  (She paused again and looked at each person at the table)

I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them how to write and then I make them write.
Keyboarding isn't everything.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while reserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life

Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make?


What do you make Mr. CEO?   His jaw dropped; he went silent.

NEW YORK, July 2, 2013 --  Danielle Salinas, a student at Oakland Bay Junior High School in  Shelton, WA, has been named the winner of the third annual JST DRV Distracted Driving PSA Competition, sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and National Student Safety Program (NSSP), the youth arm of the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA). Read more here


TEENS DELAYING LICENSURE – a cause for concern?
AAA Foundation Study Looks at Why Teens Are Delaying Rite of Passage
TOWSON, MD (August 1, 2013) – According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the majority of American teens today delay getting a driver’s license. Less than half (44 percent) of teens obtain a driver’s license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state and just over half (54 percent) are licensed before their 18th birthday, causing concern among safety experts that teen drivers are missing the benefits intended by graduated drivers licensing (GDL). These findings mark a significant drop from two decades ago when data showed more than two-thirds of teens were licensed by the time they turned 18. Read more here.

States Receive Teen Driving Grants for Innovative Projects
Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Utah Selected
WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the summer driving season--the deadliest time on the road for teens-- in full swing, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) announced that five of its members have been awarded a total of $100,000 in teen driving grant funding from Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL). Elements of the award-winning teen driving program, developed collaboratively by Ford Motor Company Fund and GHSA, will be incorporated into initiatives implemented by the highway safety offices in Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Utah. Read more here.

Speeding Still a Factor in a Third of Fatal Teen Driving Crashes
New Report Discusses Solutions for Both States and Parents
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Speeding is a primary culprit in a third of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). "Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes Among Teen Drivers and Opportunities for Reducing the Risks," authored by Dr. Susan Ferguson, states that speeding as a contributor in fatal teen driver crashes has inched up over the past decade from 30 percent in 2000 to 33 percent in 2011 while total teen fatalities have gone down dramatically during that same period. From 2000 to 2011, 19,447 fatal crashes of teen drivers were speeding-related. The report was funded through a grant from State Farm. Read more here.


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