60th ADTSEA Conference
"Meeting our Changing Times"
in Portland, Oregon, July 17 – 20, 2016.
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.”
The 2016 Teacher of the Year awards were presented to Becky Hardy, ND; Yusuf Quidwai, WA; and Judy Weber – Jones, IL, honoring them as outstanding driver and traffic safety educators.
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.
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, and Becky Hardy, ND, Rich Hanson, TEA Facilitator; and David Reich, NRSF.
Limited edition ADTSEA 60th year pins were available at this year’s conference. These are still available for purchase at $20. Previous years pins are also available for $10. If you are interested in purchasing a pin, please contact the office.
Visit the ADTSEA website at www.adtsea.org for downloaded presentations and pictures from the conference. Presentations will be placed as they are made available to the office.
Michelin / ADTSEA Tire Safety Pre-Conference Workshop
Continuing a national awareness program to reduce preventable crashes among teen drivers, Michelin and ADTSEA held a joint tire-safety workshop on Saturday, July 16, at the 60th Annual ADTSEA National Conference in Portland, OR to 30 participants. Participants received a complimentary copy of the ADTSEA 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum and the newly developed unit on tire safety and maintenance, developed in cooperation with Michelin, which includes lesson plans, learning activities, visuals and newly developed videos by Michelin. Unit 14 can be found on the ADTSEA website at www.adtsea.org.
The workshop focused on how driver education teachers can use the new unit and incorporate it into the ADTSEA curriculum. Carol Hardin, Past-President of ADTSEA presented the training material. Mike Wischhusen, Technical Director of Michelin provided additional information on tire safety and answered technical questions related to the maintenance of tires and Valerie Pascoe, Public Relations for Michelin provided information on Michelin’s Beyond the Driving Test Campaign. A local tire dealer, Doug Ray from Superior Tire Service was available to show samples of worn tires and provide information on tire maintenance.
“Equipping new drivers with life-saving skills, information and training is our mission. Together with Michelin, we are directly addressing the issue of tire safety as an important focus for new drivers,” said Allen Robinson, chief executive officer of ADTSEA. “Thanks to our association with Michelin, hundreds of driving instructors will be equipped with a new understanding and new resources to train young drivers nationwide in the years ahead.”
Congratulations to Sarah Kentner on winning the set of tires from Michelin!
ADTSEA and Michelin will continue the initiative with more workshops in the future.
Snapchat at 107 M.P.H.? Lawsuit Blames Teenager (and Snapchat)
Even in the age of social media, this particular selfie seemed extreme: a teenager strapped into a gurney, with blood running down her forehead, somehow taking the time to tap out a message to her Snapchat friends: “Lucky to be alive.”
The selfie quickly went viral and is a component of a lawsuit filed by a Georgia man accusing the teenager, Christal McGee, of recklessly using Snapchat while driving over 100 miles per hour and slamming into his vehicle last year, leaving him with severe injuries. He is also suing Snapchat, accusing the company of negligence. Read more here.
Parents: You Can Play An Important Role in Keeping Your Teen Drivers Safe. Really!
Learning to drive is an exciting time for a teenager, and a stressful one for any and all parents. A driver’s license brings freedom and a new level of independence, but it can also bring serious risks. Learning to operate a vehicle under a variety of circumstances takes practice and is a skill that is developed over time. It’s no surprise that car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers, resulting in six teen deaths every day.
Too often, our sons and daughters are injured or even killed because they are inexperienced drivers, taking unnecessary risks like texting, driving under the influence, speeding and not wearing a seat belt. Our sons make up three out of four teen deaths in car crashes, and the risk of a crash by teen drivers is almost three times higher if their passengers are male. Read more here.
Al & Ed’s Family Launches Anti-Texting While Driving Campaign
An anti-texting while driving campaign in the Los Angeles area that is winning notice was launched by Margot Grabie, sister to Al & Ed’s franchise owner Joe Shemula.
The campaign has been featured on the local CBS News and in a local paper.
After watching drivers texting while on the highway, Grabie felt compelled to do something about it. One day, she wrote in marker on her back windshield, “My kids ask you to not text and drive.” The next thing she knew, others were doing the same thing. Read more here.
Are teen drivers less dangerous or just driving less?
A friend emailed me a picture of his 16-year-old daughter holding up her first driver's license. The caption: "Look out, world!"
As we race into the "100 deadliest days" for driving, when teenagers are off from school and on the road, Americans -- or at least the police, auto insurers and the motoring public -- are on the lookout for teen drivers, who cause proportionately more accidents than the general public.
The police bombard them with tickets, while insurers charge them -- or their parents -- huge premiums to let them get behind the wheel. The media demonizes them as maniacs on the road, addicted to speed, talking or texting on cell phones, and paying attention to everything but driving. Read more here.
We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:
Joe Przytula (NJ)
Maud Gooch (HI)
Robert Movrich (WI)
Jenn-Etta Smith (MI)
Travis Gordon (OR)
Karen Mann (TX)
Dan Steward (WA)
Genny Claxton (CA)
Dan O’Rork (CA)
Tim Beckham (OR)
Roger Lundeen (MN)
Nathan Haines (IL)
Nicole Turi (NJ)
Ella Wise ( NC)
Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Sacramento, CA next year!
Mark your calendar for July 16 – 19, 2017.
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