February eNewsletter

Letter from the ADTSEA CEO, Dr. Allen Robinson, PhD

Last July, prior to the ADTSEA conference Stan Henderson, recently chosen for President Elect, called me concerning some health issues. At the time Stan was in the hospital and not able to attend our annual conference. It was determined by the board during our annual meeting to wait and see how Stan recovered.

In late October, Stan informed us that due to complications and the need for increased rehabilitation, he would not be able to attend the mid-year meeting of the Executive Committee. Stan suggested that the committee discuss whether or not he should continue as President Elect.

The recommendation of the Executive Committee was Stan should take care of his health and not be concerned with his role as an officer of ADTSEA. The election ballot for 2013 had already been finalized so no other member was available to serve in this role.

In a situation like this, the ADTSEA constitution designated the Executive Committee should fill all vacancies between elections.

The recommendation of the Executive Committee is for Connie Sessoms, Jr. to remain President for two years and Kevin Kirby to remain Past President for two years. This was a unanimous decision of the Executive Committee. We are fortunate that both officers were willing to undertake this challenge.

The Chronicle Volume 60, 2013 Issue is Now Available on the ADTSEA Website

The Chronicle for Driver Education Professionals Online (The Chronicle) is an electronic publication of the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA), offering an online journal of practice and scholarship of interest and relevance to the interdisciplinary practitioner and academic communities concerned with driver education and traffic safety.  The Chronicle is designed to be an effective educational and dissemination tool for practitioners, scholars, and students of driver education and traffic safety. Articles are solicited from individuals representing any discipline or field of interest that supports driver education and traffic safety and promotes understanding of driver education and traffic safety.  Click here to view the latest Issue.

Distracted Teen Driver Safety Campaign Launched by CHP

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) urges teenage drivers to stop texting, put away cell phones, and focus on driving. In an effort to save lives the California Highway Patrol (CHP) along with Impact Teen Drivers will conduct a year-long distracted teen driving traffic safety campaign through September. Read more here.

South Dakota considers tougher laws for teen drivers

PIERRE — Teens soon could be facing more restrictions on when and how they can drive cars as legislators try to tackle a teen driver death rate that ranks among the highest in the country. Read the entire article here.

Distracted Driving and Teen Driver Safety Top AAA’s State Advocacy Agenda for 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., (January 11, 2013) – New incentive funds from Congress could spur state legislatures to pass lifesaving safety improvements in their upcoming 2013 sessions, according to AAA.  Federal incentives for laws that ban texting while driving, improve teen driver safety and require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers align with AAA’s nationwide legislative agenda to improve highway safety and could help combat a recent uptick in highway deaths. Read more here.

Project Ignition Proudly Announce the 2012-2013 Grant Winners

State Farm has announced the Top 26 Project Ignition Schools for 2012-13. These schools receive $2,000 to support their teen driver safety campaigns and compete to be named as one of 10 "Project Ignition National Leader Schools". These 10 best campaigns of the 26 will have the opportunity to receive additional funding to support their participation in a national conference or event and go deeper with their campaigns during the 2012-2013 school year. See the winners here.

Teen Passengers: "The Other Distraction" for Teen Drivers

A pair of studies by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm® identify factors that may lead teens to drive with multiple peer passengers and, then, how those passengers may affect their driver’s behavior just before a serious crash. The studies were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Read more here.

Mark your Calendars!

July 14 – 17, 2013
57th Annual 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 adtsea.org.

July 13 – 15, 2013
2013 Annual NSSP Conference

The National Student Safety Program Annual Teen Leadership Training Conference invites teens from across the nation to share their peer education activities and projects, learn about new ideas and campaigns they can conduct in their schools and communities, and enjoy a memorable conference experience! This year’s conference is titled “DIRIGO!” (I Lead!)

Call for Proposals
NSSP National Teen Leadership Conference

Calling all presenters!  The NSSP Teen Planning Committee is looking for student presenters to conduct a workshop.  Share your expertise in leadership and/or knowledge in the areas of safe driving issues, healthy life style choices, alcohol, teen pregnancies, and other teen issues.

For more information visit our website at adtsea.org

National Road Safety Foundation DRIVE2LIFE PSA Contest

Enter the Drive 2 Life PSA Contest as part of National Youth Traffic Safety Month.  Contest deadline February 28, 2013.

Use your creativity to develop a traffic safety PSA and win an all-expenses paid trip to New York City and a $1,000 scholarship to have your PSA professionally produced. Enter the contest here.

ADTSEA Listserv

Please take advantage of the ADTSEA listserv hosted by Southern Illinois University and administered by Dale Ritzel.  Listserv is an easy and efficient way to contact your fellow ADTSEA members with questions and concerns relating to Driver Education and Traffic Safety. You can visit the listserv website at http://listserv.siu.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A0=ADTSEA-MEMBERS-L.

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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MODSEA 2013 Conference
March 6th, 2013
Monsanto Headquarters
St. Louis, MO
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Pacific NW Driver & Traffic Safety 2013 Conference
March 15th & 16th
Red Lion on the River
Portland, Oregon
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NYSDTSEA 2013 Conference
March 16th, 2013
Turning Stone Conference Center
Verona, NY
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