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January 2014 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

2014 New ADTSEA Incentive Program

TEENS INVITED TO FIGHT IMPAIRED DRIVING THROUGH 5th ANNUAL "DRIVE2LIFE" PSA CONTEST

2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference    

2014 Annual NSSP Conference

NSSP Call for Proposals

Teen Shames Texting Drivers

Iowa Law Changes Coming Jan. 1 for Iowa’s Teen Drivers

Driving Lessons

Laws Put in Place to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safer on the Road

Preventing Teen Driving Accidents and Fatalities in Fort Lauderdale

New Year, New Rules of the Road: Latest Driving Laws Promote Awareness for Bicyclists, Teen Drivers

St. Cloud State University
Continuing Studies

Traffic Safety Education Graduate Certificate

 

Upcoming Events

SouthEast Region ADTSEA

Feb 21st &22nd

NYSDTEA 2014
Conference

March 7th & 8th

CASE 2014 Conference

March 15th

MDTSEA 2014 Conference

March 22nd

NDDTSEA 2014 Conference

March 27th - 29th

 

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2014 New ADTSEA Incentive Program
Members who refer a colleague or a professional contact to ADTSEA will receive $50 in credit that can be used towards membership renewal, 3.0 ADTSEA Curriculum purchases or your 2014 ADTSEA Conference registration. 
HAVE A SAFE and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TEENS INVITED TO FIGHT IMPAIRED DRIVING THROUGH 5th ANNUAL "DRIVE2LIFE" PSA CONTEST
Winner gets $1,000 and Trip to New York to Work with Award-Winning Director to Turn Concept into Professional PSA for National Broadcast
Entry Deadline is February 12, 2014
The National Road Safety Foundation and Scholastic, the global  children’s publishing, education and media company, are looking for ideas from young people to help educate and convince their peers about the risks of the dangers of impaired driving and how to avoid being in a car driven by an impaired driver. Entries are now open for the 5th annual Drive2Life PSA Contest.  The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an all-expenses paid trip to New York to work with an Emmy 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. Click here for the press release and here for contest rules and entry forms.

 

Mark Your Calendars!
2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference
The 58th Annual ADTSEA Conference will be held on July 13-16, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel.
Early Bird registration ends June 1, 2014.

DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport
Reservations: 1-800-247-4458
Ask for the ADTSEA Conference Room of $106.00 per night
For more information visit our website at www.adtsea.org.

2014 Annual NSSP Conference
July 12-14, 2014 – Double Tree by Hilton at Wichita Airport, Kansas
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 “Shining in Safety”.
For more information visit our website here.

NSSP 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 here.

Teen Shames Texting Drivers
From a passenger seat in her mother's car, a teen in Boca Raton is trying to stop you from texting while driving. Mia Evans says a little shame goes a long way. Every time she spots a texting driver, she gets excited. Excited to shame them with her blunt stop sign that says, "Caught ya!! Stop texting and driving!" "I think it's more effective when a teen or a kid tells someone, more than when another adult tells another adult," said Evans. She's helping police keep an eye on the roads. Since October, FHP says, 30 tickets have been written in Palm Beach County for T-W-D. She can't stand sloppy drivers. "Even if you just glance at a text message, something bad could happen just like that," said Evans. Her theory: A stern reminder goes a long way; although, putting herself out there to strangers does take bravery. "I've never had anyone get mad," said Evans. "They usually give a little nod showing that they understand it's not good." Read more here.

Iowa Law Changes Coming Jan. 1 for Iowa’s Teen Drivers
Motor vehicle crashes kill more teenagers than anything else. With parents' help, two changes to Iowa's graduated driver's license system taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, are tools that can be used to keep kids safe behind the wheel and work to save their lives. Longer instruction time behind the wheel: Statistics show that increased supervised experience behind the wheel helps young drivers develop safer driving habits. The first change in the Iowa law increases the time a young driver is required to carry an instruction permit to 12 months, up from the current six months, before they can apply for an intermediate license. The new law gives drivers twice the amount of time behind the wheel to learn from an experienced driver. It also allows for that driving practice to take place across all driving conditions and seasons. This law goes into effect for all young drivers applying for an intermediate license after Jan. 1, 2014. - See more here.

Driving Lessons
There's nothing like a new driver in the house to point out your every flaw behind the wheel. It began almost as quickly as my son got his permit. "You're not supposed to turn in this lane. You're supposed to turn in that one." "Tsk, tsk ... you're exceeding the speed limit." "You're not six car lengths from the person in front of us." "Way to hit the pothole, Mom." It's amazing how all-knowing a 15-year-old can believe himself to be. But unfortunately in this case, mine made some fairly accurate observations. I found myself relearning many rules of the road through my son's comments because the majority of us drivers are breaking them. And what happens when enough drivers break the same rule? You forget the correct way, and start doing it the wrong way. You might be shaking your head no, as if you haven't succumbed to this, but I've got the perfect example. If turning left at a four-way intersection with a light, the driver should turn into the closest lane, not the far lane. If there are two lanes, that means turning into the left lane. I've been paying rapt attention to this for the past year since "permit boy" piped up about it and I haven't seen anyone do it right yet. Read more here.

Laws Put in Place to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safer on the Road
Parents, you may be a better and more experienced driver then your teen. However, according to a recent study by AAA, you are more distracted by technology while driving. Despite what you might think, AAA says that teens are texting or using their phones while driving less often than adults. The study shows drivers ages 25 to 39 are the ones that are most likely to use their cell phone while operating a vehicle. Second on the list are adults 40 to 59 years-old. "We think that creates some potentially dangerous problems because it means that older drivers feel more confident in using their phone and texting, despite the fact that it's still not safe for them either," said Michael Green, Manager of AAA Public Relations. AAA is hoping that the low percentage of teens on cell phones while driving is a result of the wide-spread safety messages about the dangers of texting and driving. Teens may be less likely to use their phones while behind the wheel. However, when it comes to driving in general, teens are more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident. That's why the state of Iowa is making a few changes on the driving laws for teens. Read more here.

Preventing Teen Driving Accidents and Fatalities in Fort Lauderdale
Many parents benefit from the convenience of having a teenage driver while teenagers enjoy the freedom that a driver's license gives them. However, teenage drivers pose a threat to others on the road. A study conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that approximately 500,000 people were involved in a motor vehicle accident that a teenage driver caused in 2008. Teen driver regulations in Florida. Many states across the country have implemented regulations to reduce the number of vehicle accidents caused by teenage drivers. In Florida, teenage drivers must:
-Be at least 15 to obtain a learner's permit
-Participate in 50 hours of supervised driving time including 10 hours at night
-Reach 16 years of age before getting their license
-Adhere to nighttime driving restrictions until the age of 18
Although states, including Florida, put certain restrictions on teenager drivers, motor vehicle accidents caused by teenagers are still prevalent. Males are even more at risk for causing an accident than female teenage drivers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more here.

New Year, New Rules of the Road: Latest Driving Laws Promote Awareness for Bicyclists, Teen Drivers
Throughout the New Year, several new laws affecting California drivers will take effect -- some as soon as on New Year's Day. One law on Jan. 1 will expand the scope of prohibited electronic wireless devices for teen drivers in order to reduce driver distractions. The law -- which will amend Section 23124 of the California Vehicle Code -- prohibits drivers under 18 years of age from using wireless phones or any “electronic wireless communications device,” while driving, even if it is hands-free. Traffic Officer Dave Chapman of the Eureka Police Department said he supports the new law, as he deals with multiple accidents and collisions caused by distracted teen drivers every month. ”I was once a teenager, and I remember getting sidetracked easily,” Chapman said. “They haven't been driving too long, so there's that learning curve there.” Read more here

St. Cloud State University
Continuing Studies
Driver Education Teacher Preparation
Traffic Safety Education (TSE) Courses
Spring Semester 2014
NOW 90% ON-LINE, D2L!
10% INTERACTIVE TELEVISION, ITV!
DRIVER EDUCATION LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
(13 credits)
See SCSU web pages for more TSE information at: here or here.

Students who are seeking Driver Education licensure to teach in Minnesota Public, or Private Schools must successfully complete the following courses (required core of 13 credits):  Now all the TSE courses are 90% on-line, located on (D2L) Desire To Learn and 10% (6 sessions) ITV.  Work at your own pace, on your own time, from your computer to complete the driver education licensure program.  You must be officially registered to take the courses and have your Husky Net account set up prior to the start of classes to access D2L.

Traffic Safety Education Graduate Certificate
St. Cloud State University, School of Graduate Studies offers a Graduate Certificate for the completion of all driver education licensure courses taken at the 500 graduate level.  The Traffic Safety Education Graduate Certificate program provides graduate level specialized study in the area of driver education. If your school district recognizes lane change advancement, this program may be beneficial for you as a professional educator.  Upon completion of the program you will receive an official St. Cloud State University, School of Graduate Studies Graduate Certificate.  More information, admission and application to the School of Graduate Studies here.


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