January eNewsletter

Happy New Year!

The Executive Committee and office staff of ADTSEA would like to wish you and yours a New Year filled with peace, prosperity and happiness! Thank you again for your continued support of ADTSEA, our association would not be what it is without your help and continued interest.


NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2012 --  The non-profit National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, are looking for ideas from young people to help convince their peers of the dangers of distracted driving.   Entries open Jan. 7 for the 3rd annual Drive2Life PSA Contest.  The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an expenses-paid trip to New York to work with an award-winning TV director to turn his or her idea into a public service message that will be broadcast nationwide next May during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month.  See press release

Shelton High School:
Student and Teacher Invited to U.S. Department of Transportation

Shelton, Washington  December 30, 2011 –   Shelton High School’s efforts to improve teen driver safety in their community has earned them an invitation to visit the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) in Washington, D.C.  These young leaders will carry their Project Ignition story to the nation’s capital, and get a hands-on introduction to important federal transportation issues. Since 2009, Shelton High School has been involved with Project Ignition, a service-learning teen driver safety program coordinated by National Youth Leadership Council and funded by State Farm.  Click here for the press release

Pennsylvania’s stronger teen driver law takes effect

Pennsylvania’s new law aimed at increasing safety for young drivers takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 27. The new law increases behind-the-wheel training requirements, places a limit on the number of passengers a young driver can transport and makes not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense for young drivers.

The new law adds 15 hours of supervised, behind-the-wheel training for driver’s license permit holders younger than 18, bringing the total to 65 hours. Ten of the additional hours must include driving at night and five hours must occur during poor weather conditions. Current permit-holders younger than 18 who have not yet passed the driving skills test before Dec. 27 will have to meet the requirements of the new law. Read the article here.

Teen drivers caught speeding face arrest

RALEIGH -- The New Year brought new laws for North Carolinians including new restrictions for teen drivers. Police can now arrest any driver under 18-years-old, if they are caught speeding more than 15 miles over the speed limit or for any other incident considered to be reckless driving.  The new law also allows for the loss of driving privileges even before a trial takes place. read more here.

AAA Foundation Challenges Motorists to Adopt Responsible Driving Habits in 2012

Washington, D.C. – A recent national survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms that Americans desire a greater level of safety than they now experience on our roads and are open to more government action to make it happen.  Yet, many are unwilling to change potentially deadly driving behaviors and candidly admit they are part of the problem.  That is why AAA and the Foundation are challenging motorists to examine their driving habits and make a resolution to drive safer in 2012 and beyond.

Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Reminds Consumers to Check Their Vehicles Prior to Winter Road Trips 

With the winter driving season upon us, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding all drivers to check their vehicles and take necessary precautions before taking to the roads.

“It’s not uncommon for families to travel long distances or through inclement weather to celebrate the holidays or visit with loved ones,” said Administrator David L. Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With this in mind, it’s important that drivers properly maintain their vehicles and always drive responsibly – never texting behind the wheel or driving drunk and always wearing a seat belt.” Read more here.


Upcoming Events

WDTSEA Spring Workshop
Saturday March 3rd, 2012
Paper Valley Radisson
Appleton, WI 54911
Email Dick Bilda or Doug Coons for more details.

KS State Conference
Wednesday March 7th, 2012

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Kansas Highway Patrol Academy
Salina, Kansas 67401

CA State Conference
Saturday March 17th, 2012
Ontario Airport Sheraton Hotel
Ontario, California 91764
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ND State Conference
March 29th - 31st, 2012
Best Western Seven Seas and Water Park
I-94 and Exit 152
Mandan, ND 58554
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