February 2018 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA / NSSP Conference 2018

Call for Proposals

It’s the Cubs vs Cardinals


Corporate member of the month

IIHS: Graduated Driver Licensing Introduction

National Road Safety Foundation Contests

Winter Driving

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update

Longitudinal study of driver licensing rates among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder

Background On: Teen drivers

Chronicle Volume 63

Upcoming Events

Feb21st, 2018

Feb 23-24, 2018

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March 2-4, 2018

Mar 3-4, 2018

Mar 7, 2018

Mar 22-24, 2018

Apr 6-7, 2018

Apr 6-7, 2018

Apr 21st, 2018

Apr 22-24, 2018

Apr 26-28. 2018

May 2-4, 2018

Jul 20-23, 2018

Jul 22-25, 2018

Aug 10-14, 2018

Oct 2018

Oct 12-13, 2018

Nov 15-16, 2018

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ADTSEA Conference 2018
July 22 - 25, 2018
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center


ADTSEA Conference 2018


By providing the group name “American Driver & Traffic Safety Education” or the group code “D18” reservations can be made by calling 1-877-337-5793.             
Please reserve your rooms early to insure availability.

ADTSEA 2018 Conference Registration Form







Save the Dates:
ADTSEA 2019- July 21-24, 2019
Burlington, Vermont

NSSP 2018
Call for Proprosals
National Student Safety Program

Annual Teen Leadership Conference

July 20-23, 2018
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Rosemont, Illinois
Calling teen advocates to present one hour interactive workshops to high school students on issues facing teens today that address the NSSP mission of saving lives and preventing injuries through peer education.  Workshops should be engaging and interactive with the audience and presented by teen advocates/leaders.

Applications can be found at www.adtsea.org

It’s the Cubs vs Cardinals
Game at Wrigley Field!
Friday, July 20, 2018
1:20 p.m.

 Tickets are SOLD OUT!


In Honor of Frank Kenel
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.
The non-profit National Road Safety Foundation has been a strong supporter of driver education throughout its more than 50 years. NRSF produces and distributes, at no charge, educational films, teaching manuals and public service campaigns for use by professionals in driver education, traffic safety, public health and law enforcement. More than a million copies of the Foundation's films and materials have been distributed nationwide. Based in New York City, NRSF was founded in 1962 by Fraydun Manocherian, who as a teen, lost two friends to a drunk driver. For more information, visit www.nrsf.org.

TEA Application 2018


Corporate member of the month:

Phone 877.746.8332



IIHS: Graduated Driver Licensing Introduction
Teenage drivers have the highest crash risk per mile traveled, compared with drivers in other age groups. Young drivers tend to overestimate their driving abilities and underestimate the dangers on the road. Graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws reduce this risk by making sure teens gradually build up driving experience under lower-risk conditions as they mature and develop skills. That means limiting nighttime driving, restricting teen passengers and making sure teens get lots of supervised practice. Graduated licensing has reduced teen crashes 10-30 percent on average.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have a three-stage GDL system. The United States doesn't have a national GDL law. State lawmakers decide what provisions to adopt and how to enforce them. Institute research has shown that states with the strongest laws enjoy bigger reductions in teen driver deaths than states with weak laws. Some states make teens wait a little longer before they get their learner permits and full-privilege licenses. This also saves lives. Read more here.

You can help prevent crashes that kill and injure thousands every year.  For teens, crashes are the #1 killer.  Your PSA idea can help make a difference. The National Road Safety Foundation has several contests that your youth can enter to raise safe driving awareness and earn cash prizes. Below is a list for you to circulate, post, email and put in your newsletters. They are as follows:


Drive2Life ContestDrive 2 Life PSA Contest starts October 26th  across the country
for students in grades 6 – 12. POSTMARK DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS
Theme – Help Prevent Speeding. Winner
receives - $1,000,  a trip to NYC and their PSA professionally produced and aired
on Teen Kids News.  Two Runners-up in grades 6-8 will receive $500 each and
two runners-up grades 9-12 will receive $500. Enter here.

Recent Contest Winners: 1 in 4: Drive Safe Atlanta Contest Winner 2017


Winter Driving
"It is important for the public to think ahead and take a few simple steps before they travel," Governor Tom Wolf said. "If they haven't already, I urge all Pennsylvanians to be prepared for winter driving as the season continues."

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said that PennDOT recognizes Winter Driving Awareness Week to remind motorists that they are the department's partners in winter road safety.

"Winter safety starts with all of us, and that includes the equipment we're using," Richards said. "Drivers should prepare their vehicles by having a trusted mechanic check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly." Read more here.


The January 2018 issue of the NHTSA Impaired Driving Update is available. (Impaired Driving Update is posted with permission from NHTSA.)

Impaired Driving Update


Letter from a member:

Dear DTSE Colleagues,
The theme for the 2018 SCDTSEA Conference is SAFETY FIRST and the subject for the poster safety contest is SEAT BELTS (check the attached for more information).  May many of your students take part in the poster contest!  The SCDTSEA Officers and Board members decided they would like the 2018 SCDTSEA Conference to be November 30 and the alternate date December 7.  More information will be shared later when we are assured of the conference site and date.

Representative Bill Taylor has proposed DUI-E legislation to have a higher fine for anyone while driving under the influence of electronics.  The texting penalty now is $25 and the desire is to raise this to $100.  A hearing is expected soon on H.4480.  I know that we will all want to support this.

One colleague at the last conference asked me how I helped inspire my students to get involved in the student  poster safety contest.  First, you need to believe in and use good safety posters (I use different subjects in each of my classroom sessions).  It is not mandatory for students to do posters, but I do find themes on the poster safety topic and prepare a handout for my students.  This helps to get them started.  Go to the Internet and find quotations/themes on seat belts and share!

One of the best ways to make "Safety First" is by teaching and emphasizing the use of seat belts.  Main objectives of our teaching this should be to:
-persuade students so effectively that safety belts should be worn that they, in turn, will convince their family and friends to do so.

-provide information on how safety belts save lives and reduce serious injuries in vehicle crashes.

-demonstrate the need for safety belts to retain control of the vehicle in emergency situations.

-give practice on the correct use of seat belts.

-increase recognition that since many crashes happen close to home, safety belts must be worn at all times, even on short trips.

-create a positive attitude toward wearing seat belts.

The bottom line is to have increased safety belt use among new drivers, their families and friens to have a safer highway environment for us all.

Some of you may remember Captain Billy Fallaw.  He was a DTSE leader that helped found SCDTSEA.  He was one of my main safety mentors. 

A good way to close is by using one of his speech outlines in his talk "Let's Plant a 'Safety Garden'":
    Plant a row of peas -- PATIENCE
    Plant a row of squash -- SPEED
    Plant a row of lettuce -- LET US OBEY ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS
    Plant a row of turnips -- TURN UP ALIVE.

Best regards,
Joe Sabbadino



Longitudinal study of driver licensing rates among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder
Driving may increase mobility and independence for adolescents with autism without intellectual disability (autism spectrum disorder); however, little is known about rates of licensure. To compare the proportion of adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorder who acquire a learner’s permit and driver’s license, as well as the rate at which they progress through the licensing system, we conducted a retrospective cohort study of 52,172 New Jersey residents born in the years 1987–1995 who were patients of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia healthcare network >12 years of age; 609 (1.2%) had an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Read more here.


Background On: Teen drivers
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 20-year olds, according to most recent data (2014) from the National Center for Health Statistics. Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to the high crash rate among teens. Teens’ lack of experience affects their recognition of and response to hazardous situations and results in dangerous practices such as speeding and tailgating. Read more here.


Chronicle Volume 63 can be found on the ADTSEA website. In this volume, you can find information on the following:
Revised 2017 Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards Released

Model Driver Education Instructor Training Materials Released

Use of a Driving Simulator to Assess Health Belief Model Variables for Distracted Driving Prevention

A Driver Education Campaign to Increase Bicyclist Safety and Awareness

See the Chronicle here.

We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Corporate Level:

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Professional Level:

Tally Mundo (HI)

Josephine Mundo (HI)

Chris Johnson (LA)

Fawaz Habbas-Nimer (MI)

Nick Barnum (MI)

Mike Anderson (VT)

Lyn Coupal ( VT)

Cordell Hull (VT)

Darren McIntyre (VT)

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