August 2017 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

2017 ADTSEA Conference


2017 Kaywood Award

Congratulations NSSP Students

Are Americans really driving less?

Dumb and Dumber: America’s Driver Education is Failing Us All

ADED Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation

ADTSEA Academy


Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

Upcoming Events

Oct 13-14, 2017

Oct 13-15, 2017

Feb 23-24, 2018

Mar 29-31, 2018

Apr 6-7, 2018

Apr 21, 2018

May 2-4, 2018

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61st ADTSEA Conference
“Embracing Technology”
Sacramento, CA.
  July 16 – 19, 2017

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!


Rosemont, Illinois
July 22-25, 2018






Congratulations to our The Teacher of Excellence Award winners 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. 
Allen Robinson notified each of the recipients and David Reich contacted each nominee to gather information to be used in a local press release during the conference.  Allyn Workman, ADTSEA Secondary Chair, also contacted each of the nominees with information about their presentation during the scheduled Secondary Division meeting directly following the TEA luncheon.

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 will receive 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 to be presented 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).


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 NSSP Students
Congratulations to the NSSP Students on their projects and t-shirt designs. This year’s NSSP conference in Sacramento had 60 students in attendance. They raised over $1400 for Wind Youth Services.  The students worked very hard on their projects this year and conducted themselves very professionally at conference. This year NSSP also had a group of middle schoolers from Waipahu Intermediate experience conference for the first time!




Program of the Year 2017 – High School


North Pitt High School, NC


Shelton High School SADD Club, WA


Waipahu High School Youth for Safety Club, HI

Program of the Year 2017 – Middle/Intermediate School


Dole Middle School, HI

Community Safety Project of the Year 2017 – High School


Waipahu High School Youth for Safety Club, HI


Aiea High School Peer Education Program, HI


Shelton High School SADD Club, WA

Community Safety Project of the Year 2017 – Middle School


Waipahu Intermediate School, HI

Student of the Year – High School Division


Sierra Sales, HI

Student of the Year – College Division


Danielle Salinas, WA

Advisor of the Year


Wendy Botelho, HI

T-Shirt Design/Safety Message


North Pitt High School, NC


Moanalua High School, HI


Newkirk High School - STEPP UP, OK


Are Americans really driving less?
"Americans are Driving Less" -- at least that's what the headline of a recent press release from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) said. However, it seems the rule-making body for America's insurance industry, which supposedly keeps track of how we drive and how much we pay for auto insurance, is asleep at the wheel. 

"This is a mistaken reading of the trends," said Robert Hartwig, former head of the Insurance Information Institute who now teaches finance at the University of South Carolina.

"We are not showing a decrease," agreed spokesperson Tamra Johnson of the American Automobile Association (AAA) in Washington, D.C. "The most recent data I have is our American Driving Survey, which shows Americans drove 2.45 trillion miles in 2015, a 2.4 percent increase from 2014." Read more here.

Dumb and Dumber: America’s Driver Education is Failing Us All
How we teach adolescents to pilot two-ton death machines in the U.S.
Driver’s education is usually taught in high school health class. In those very same underfunded schools that can barely afford math and science textbooks, we are trying to teach adolescents how to pilot two-ton death machines.

In California, all that’s required to obtain a learner’s permit is 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours behind the wheel; a provisional license requires an additional 50 hours of supervised driving. Some states with districts too poor to offer driver’s ed allow kids to learn how to drive online. Home-schooling allows parents to vouch that their kids have the requisite knowledge to apply for a license, and little prevents parents from fudging the numbers for the required hours of driving practice, either. Read more here.


Ottawa, Canada                                               October 12-13, 2017
CAOT & ADED Joint Program
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

Contact: Tamalea Stone    705-741-7660
Conference objectives

  • Disseminate the latest trends in research, practice, training and policies as well as feature the latest advancements in adaptive equipment, vehicle modification, and assessment/rehabilitation strategies
  • Build a strong network of specialists in North America through this unique networking and mentorship opportunity 

Target audience and program:This event is expected to attract over 250 professionals from across Canada and the United States representing the full spectrum of the mobility industry stakeholders such as occupational therapists, driving instructors, mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and suppliers of adaptive driving equipment, researchers and regulators.


Handover, MD                                                             Oct 20-21, 2017
Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation                                                  15 ADED/1.5 AOTA hours offered
Speakers: Kimberly White
Course designed for individuals new to the field of driver rehabilitation. Topics include: program development, driver training, adaptive driving equipment and program documentation. Course will also emphasize collaboration with mobility dealers and consumers and families.
Contact Anne Arundel Community College: 410-777-2325              Register:

Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline: August 20, 2017


Albuquerque, NM                   DSAA                November 8-11, 2017                              
Custom Program for Driving Instructors – 1 DAY                                  

Contact ADED 866-672-9466   Register online:




Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

School days bring congestion: Yellow school buses are picking up their charges, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work.

It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school. Read more here.


We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Professional Level:

Gary Au (HI)

Tammy Tuttobene (NY)

Jill Rybar (CA)

Michael Roell (MI)

Jim Wall (TX)

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