December 2018 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA Conference 2019

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

National Enforcement Mobilization – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Winter Driving Tips - Focus on Safety

NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

NO SMALL DECISION - IIHS Used Car Lists Help Families Choose Safer, Larger Vehicles

Driver Education, Not Speed, Is Key for Road Safety, Says Course Advocate

Lack of Space Puts Brakes on Young Drivers’ Education: School classes full, so teens must wait

National Teen Driver Safety Week tips from AAA

New Website Helps States Combat Teen Driver Crashes

What's Key to Safe Teen Driving

Most Parents Don't Enforce Teen Driver Safety Laws

Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe

Teens Learn Lessons of Safe Driving

Vehicle Safety Features Can Help Protect Teen Drivers      

Are you a Car User or Driver? The Difference Could Save Your Life on Whatcom Roads

Distracted Drivers are Way More Distracted During the Holiday Season

AAA Study: 1 In 5 Older Drivers Uses Medication That Can Increase Risk of Crashes

What Senior Drivers Must Do to Stay Safe on the Road

Safe Rides - Save Lives:
FCCLA PSA Contest Has Begun!!

Richard Kaywood Memorial Award

Corporate Member of the Month

Newest ADTSEA Members

Upcoming Events

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Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 3–7)
The perfect opportunity to discuss the special safety concerns of older drivers. NHTSA and their many partners from the American Occupational Therapy Association, AARP, AAA, and the CDC encourage drivers and their families to begin a “transportation plan,” much like what many are encouraged to do for retirement. For more information click here.

Holiday Season – Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

The holidays are known for being merry and bright, but they’re also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to drunk driving. Every holiday season, lives are lost due to drunk drivers.

Use these social norming marketing tools, which can be distributed to fit your local needs and objectives. These materials will partner your office with other States, communities, and organizations on this drunk driving prevention initiative.

 

National Enforcement Mobilization – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

  • National advertising: December 13 - 31, 2018
  • Enforcement period: Dec 14, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019

Use these enforcement marketing tools, which can be distributed to fit your local needs and objectives. These materials will partner your office with other States, communities, and organizations on this drunk driving prevention initiative.

 

Winter Driving Tips - Focus on Safety
When the chilly temperatures of winter set in, will your vehicle be ready for the cold?

If you live in a part of the country that experiences inclement weather, such as heavy rain, snow and ice, are you prepared to drive in those conditions? Planning and preventative maintenance are important year-round ... but especially when it comes to winter driving. Click here for winter driving tips.

 

NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

Capture of a NHTSA Facebook post related to school bus safetyThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing. Following a string of recent tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, NHTSA is calling on the public and media to help educate communities on ways to reduce incidents of stop-arm violations and ensure all students arrive to and from school safely. Click here for the press release and tips for motorists.

 

NO SMALL DECISION - IIHS Used Car Lists Help Families Choose Safer, Larger Vehicles
The tests reinforce a message IIHS has been sending since it began publishing an annual list of recommended used vehicles for teens in 2014: An older, larger used vehicle is often a safer choice than a newer small vehicle that costs the same. This year's list of recommended vehicles for teens includes 53 Best Choices, which start under $20,000, and 62 Good Choices, which start under $10,000. All the models on both lists are midsize cars or larger. Click here for the full article.

 

Driver Education, Not Speed, Is Key for Road Safety, Says Course Advocate https://www.citynews1130.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/9/2018/11/06/iStock-901650488.jpg
As the province dials back the speed limit on certain stretches of highways in B.C., a Vancouver Island driving instructor says the government should take a look at driver’s education to make roads safer. Steve Wallace, CEO of Victoria’s Wallace Driving School, says the government has done the proper thing in cutting speed cutting speed limits by 10 km/h in the 15 areas, but that the graduated licensing course should be a must for new drivers. Click here for the full article.

 

Lack of Space Puts Brakes on Young Drivers’ Education: School classes full, so teens must wait
Learning in reverseIn Vermont, teens can get learner’s permits at 15; at 16, after taking a state driver’s education course, they can try for a junior driver’s license. But are students as keen to get those licenses as they have been in the past? And is the issue lack of space in driver’s education classes? When students wait, dangerous driving can result, says Nancy Andrus, driver training coordinator for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. Once a person is 18, driver education is not a requirement to get a license, and that can be a problem. “There are quite a few students who are waiting until they’re 18” to pursue driver’s licenses, because there isn’t enough room in school programs, and “we may have students slipping through the cracks without any driver education,” Andrus said. Seniors and juniors get priority in most schools’ driver-ed programs, and younger students have to wait. Click here for the full article.

 

National Teen Driver Safety Week tips from AAA
National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 21-27, and new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety underscores that when a teen is behind the wheel, everyone is at greater risk, especially when other teens are along for the ride.10-27 Teen Drivers

AAA Foundation's analysis of 2016 crash data determined that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash, including other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, increased more than 50 percent. Click here for the full article.

 

New Website Helps States Combat Teen Driver Crashes

The GDL Framework Safety Center, designed to support states’ and advocates’ efforts to pass effective teen driver legislation or strengthen existing policies and programs in their respective Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems, was launched in October by the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation.

It is “a library of the latest research,” the safety groups said, including briefing notes, best practice examples, practical tools, infographics, and other user-friendly resources that will enable states to identify the features of young driver safety programs that are most needed in their jurisdictions and to develop a plan to incorporate them into existing strategies.

 

What's Key to Safe Teen Driving
Earning a driver’s license is a milestone for adolescents and for their worried parents. Pediatricians can and should help, offering guidance on navigating safety issues beyond seatbelts.

New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Adolescence and Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention published in Pediatrics goes beyond the traditional warnings about seatbelts and drinking and driving to offer pediatricians and families a roadmap to keep teenagers safe behind the wheel.

The takeaway is that pediatricians must drive home to teenagers that they have to follow the rules in their state and adhere to safety recommendations, and to parents that they have to continue to teach their children about road safety and that their job doesn’t end at the driver’s exam.


Most Parents Don't Enforce Teen Driver Safety Laws
A new survey shows almost a quarter of parents don't enforce teen driver safety https://static-38.sinclairstoryline.com/resources/media/e7598dc5-5641-4797-a107-77fe9254c0fa-large16x9_Chevy_DistractedTeens1.jpg?1541173433964laws, better known as Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) restrictions. Insure.com produced the results of its 2018 study last month, which showed 17 percent of parents said they sometimes don't enforce the laws.

Five percent of parents acknowledged they never enforce the GDL laws, and the rather high numbers come from a variety of factors, according to parents' responses. The number one reason parents said they don't enforce the laws was because their teen simply won't listen to their parents. Of the 1,000 respondents, 33 percent said their teen driver doesn't always listen to them. Click here for the full article.

 

Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe
Rules for new drivers instituted in Massachusetts back in 2007 have led to fewer car crashes, including fewer deadly crashes, among drivers in their teens.

And most of the rules are ones that Moms and Dads can set no matter what state you live in. teen driver

Massachusetts increased the required number of hours of supervised driving, added a two-hour driver education course for parents, and upped penalties for many moving and passenger restriction violations. Click here for the full article.

  

Teens Learn Lessons of Safe Driving
A safe driving event was hosted by the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation during Teen Safe Driving Week in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. The Safe Teen Driving Week observedevent had various stations to make high school students more aware of the importance of being a safe driver. The stations and a presentation looked at seat belts, distracted driving, driving under the influence, drowsy driving and speeding. Click here for the full article.

 

A Call For Caution Among Young Drivers       
In Kanakee, Illinois about 400 driver’s education students from seven schools Jordyn Harrisattended a Teens, Trucks & Traffic event hosted by Hoekstra Transportation. The event featured four stations that taught teens the deadly consequences of distracted driving, how to interact with police during traffic stops, what truck drivers can see and laws of the road. Click here for the full article.

 

Vehicle Safety Features Can Help Protect Teen Drivers        
Advanced safety technology is a possible solution in the fight against teen driver fatalities. Oftentimes, teenagers drive older, cheaper vehicles. But is that the safest approach? Newer vehicles have safety technologies such as backup Blind Spot Step 1cameras, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, collision avoidance systems and other features that can prevent crashes and save lives. In many ways, our teenagers are the ones who can benefit most from these technologies because they do not have as much experience in everyday driving situations. It’s also important to let your teen know that these technologies assist the driver, they do not replace the driver. Click here for the full article.

 

Are you a Car User or Driver? The Difference Could Save Your Life on Whatcom Roads
Washington Traffic Safety Commission Target Zero manager for Region 11 Doug Dahl says “What we need is not car users, we need drivers — people who look at driving as a skill to be developed, honed and maintained, rather than just some tool to use to hurtle down the road at 70 mph with two tons of steel.” Dahl said the state is actively rewriting the driver’s education curriculum to not only include knowing the rules of the road, but also teach new drivers how to evaluate their own driving habits and their mental state when they’re driving. “Right now, that’s non-existent in drivers ed,” Dahl said. “We want to really encourage people to take a more conscious approach to driving.” Click here for the full article.

 

Distracted Drivers are Way More Distracted During the Holiday Season
TrueMotions, director of marketing, Matt Fiorentino who has a family of driving apps just released statistics showing a 33 percent holiday jump in distracted https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/5qr8a8ub6oHiG7nYmbbYBhBRK28=/1484x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/RHEZ5LEQAII6NJVD2UAGDKU7VY.jpgdriving. “People travel to see loved ones during the holidays. As they’re driving, they want to provide updates on where they are,” Fiorentino said. “Unfortunately, sometimes they’ll send a text while they’re driving. This also happens when you’re stuck in traffic and want to let your loved ones know you’ll be delayed.”

The National Safety Council issued a sobering estimate for the long Thanksgiving weekend this year: 433 people would die and an additional 49,400 would be seriously injured in car crashes. The final tally isn’t in for this Thanksgiving, but the NSC says that three years ago, 355 people died on New Year’s Day and 273 on Christmas Day. About a third of those who died had been drinking alcohol. Click here for the full article.

 

AAA Study: 1 In 5 Older Drivers Uses Medication That Can Increase Risk of Crashes
One in five elderly drivers is taking medication that can increase their risk of crashing by up to 300 percent, according to a AAA study. The study found that nearly half of all older adults say they are using seven or more https://static-21.sinclairstoryline.com/resources/media/5d7e686f-6368-4856-abca-66e38b4b7847-large16x9_ImportedfromLakana.jpg?1543432893819medications and are still active drivers. There are a record 42 million drivers age 65 or older on U.S. roads, and the number is expected to grow substantially over the next decade, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said. Click here for the full article.

 

What Senior Drivers Must Do to Stay Safe on the Road
How to know if it’s time for you or a loved one to cut back or stop

A senior driver with one hand on the steering wheel and the other hand is starting the car.Plenty of people continue to drive well into their later years. But the normal effects of aging can make driving more challenging, which may be why, in part, crash rates gradually increase after people reach 70 (though rates remain far lower than those for teens). Since there is no definitive age cutoff for driving, it can be difficult to tell when you or a loved one should give up the keys. This article provides steps that may help you navigate better, the signs that it may be time to cut back or stop driving, and how to make that change easier. Click here for the full article.

 

Safe Rides - Save Lives:
FCCLA PSA Contest Has Begun!!

 

 

safe Rides Save Lives PSA contest 2018FCCLA has launched the 2018-2019 Safe Rides – Save Lives PSA Contest! Empowered by FACTS and sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation, the Safe Rides - Save Lives PSA contest is an opportunity for FCCLA members to engage in creating teen-friendly safe rides safety messaging through a video Public Service Announcement (PSA).
Mission: Have your students create a video PSA that is exactly: 25 seconds OR exactly: 55 seconds
Audience: Teen Drivers and Passengers
Topic:  The theme for the 2018-2019 PSA contest is driving safely on Prom night. Raise awareness of the unique dangers of driving on Prom night and encourage your peers to make safe choices next Prom season.
Why: The PSA goal is to develop and send teen-friendly messages to prevent traffic crashes and save lives.
How: Go to www.nrsf.org and use resources from the National Road Safety Foundation to craft your video’s message. You have full creative license but be sure the video is in good taste and if you are filming while in motion, the driver cannot be doing anything but driving.
When: Video submissions for the 2018-2019 academic year are due on Friday, January 25, 2019.
Awards: Cash prizes will be awarded directly to the individual or group of top three submissions:
 
1st Place: $3,500
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500


Students may work individually or as part of a team. FCCLA will submit the winning PSA to the National Association of Broadcasters for use in national PSA outreach opportunities.

For CONTEST RULES and CONTEST FORM - please click here to learn more

 

Richard Kaywood Memorial Award
Beginning in 1985, and each year thereafter at the annual ADTSEA conference an award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to traffic safety in memory of Dr. Richard Kaywood, who served the Association and traffic safety education for many years.  This award is sponsored cooperatively with AAA Traffic Safety, which presents the recipient an honorarium stipend. 
The selection from among nominees is made by the ADTSEA Executive Committee and is announced at the annual conference banquet. 
Submissions:
To better assure that deserving individuals are given consideration, ADTSEA members are encouraged to submit names of persons they feel made substantial contributions to the field.  Each submission must be accompanied by a summary of the candidate’s professional background and contributions to traffic safety education.  Following is a list of criteria for considering candidates.

  • Made a significant contribution to traffic safety education on the national and/or international level.
  • Must have served the traffic safety education profession for not less than 15 years.
  • Must have been an active member of ADTSEA for not less than 15 years.

The summary of the nominee’s contributions to the field of traffic safety education may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Scholarship – Masters or Doctorate degree
  • Leadership – Served ADTSEA  in an elected or appointed position
  • Author or contributing author of a textbook(s)
  • Speaker/Presenter/Panel member at state/national conferences
  • Regional/local workshop leader/presenter
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Authored research reports
  • Served on national committees or working groups

Nominations must be submitted to ADTSEA prior to December 31st of any given calendar year for the consideration in the following year, and addressed to:

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