December eNewsletter

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The ADTSEA officers and staff would like to wish you and yours a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

New NHTSA Report Shows Seat Belt Use at Record High

 Latest survey by nation's chief traffic safety agency shows 86 percent of all motorists buckling up, dramatic increase in seat belt use in southern states.

WASHINGTON – An overwhelming majority of the millions of families traveling our nation's highways this Thanksgiving weekend, one of the busiest travel times of the year, will be buckling up, according to new survey results released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). New NHTSA research shows that nationwide seat belt use reached an all-time high of 86 percent in 2012. Read more here.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Winner of Distracted Driving Design Challenge

Winning "Text & Wreck" Icon Submitted by 14-Year-Old Hah'mari Watson of Sanford, FL

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today unveiled the winning submission in the U.S Department of Transportation's Distracted Driving Design Challenge. The "Text & Wreck" icon was designed by 14-year-old Hah'mari Watson of Sanford, Florida. Read more here.

The GDL Era

Hundreds of Lives Have Been Saved-But Many Are Still at Risk

The statistics don't lie: Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)—a program that gradually phases in driving privileges for new teen drivers as they gain experience behind the wheel—saves lives. In 1995, one year before Florida enacted the first GDL law, 1,015 deaths occurred nationwide among 16- to 17-year-old drivers. In the years that followed, as one state after another passed and revised GDL laws of their own, driving fatalities among this age group fell to a historic low of 408 in 2010—a 60 percent reduction.

To read the full article from AAMVA go here.

AAA Study Finds Young Drivers Nodding Off Behind The Wheel

Among the unsafe behaviors teen drivers display behind the wheel, nodding off while driving – which hasn’t received nearly enough attention – ranks right up there as potentially deadly.

Now, a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that one in seven licensed drivers ages 16 to 24 admitted to nodding off at least one time during the past year. Compared to one in 10 of all licensed drivers who said they’d fallen asleep at the wheel, the AAA data shows young drivers more likely to engage in this dangerous behavior.

In fact, the recent findings mirror what the AAA found in a 2010 study of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data that showed this age group 78 percent more likely to be drowsy when involved in a crash than 40- to 49-year-old drivers.

The NHTSA data revealed that one in six deadly crashes involved drivers who had fallen asleep at the wheel, making drowsy driving a leading crash contributor. Read the full article here.


St. Cloud State University Teacher Preparation Courses

St. Cloud State University offers driver education teacher preparation courses each fall and spring semester as well as a partial program during the summer months.  They hope to service participants that do not have access to a driver education teacher preparation program from a local university in their geographic area.  St. Cloud State University is sensitive to all programs that continue to offer driver education teacher preparation courses and wants to make certain all programs have sufficient enrollments to function accordingly.  They are offering help for the geographically remote students with an option that may work for them. 
Click here for the Spring Semester 2013 Calendar.

Also Available from St. Cloud State University:

St. Cloud State University, Continuing Studies Driver Education Teacher Preparation Information:

Undergrad course descriptions:

St. Cloud State University Graduate Certificate Information:
The above program meets the requirements of the Minnesota Board of Teaching, rule M-CAR 8700.4901.
It is important that the applicant have sufficient credits (13) to meet the most recent Board of Teaching requirements.

Teen Brain Training Product

Study participants needed!

Posit Science is recruiting 16- and 17-year-old drivers to take a 40-minute online survey and cognitive test that will help develop training programs to manage teen crash risks. Participants will receive $25, and can join the study here.

U.S. Road Assessment Program (usRAP) Training Program

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety will be hosting a free, two-day training program on the use of the U.S. Road Assessment Program (usRAP) tools. Agencies, researchers, and consultants who attend the training will be licensed to use the usRAP Tools software free of charge.

The training session will cover everything needed to implement a successful usRAP program including data acquisition, data uploading, calibration, data analysis, and implementation of results.

Limited Space -- make your reservation today to ensure your spot. Contact Joanne Krochalis -- 202-638-5944x3 or

Mark your Calendars!
July 14 – 17, 2013

57th Annual ADTSEA Conference
Mark your calendars for the upcoming 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.  For more information visit our website at

Upcoming Events

SERA 2013 Conference
Feb 22nd & 23rd, 2013
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KDSEA 2013 Conference
March 6th, 2013
Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy
Salina, KS.
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