January 2015 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

NRSF Drive Safe Chicago

2015 Drive2Life Student PSA Contest



A Teen's Biggest Safety Threat is Sitting on the Driveway

Don't Be Tempted To Buy Your Teen A Cheap (Old) Car, Parents Warned

4 Big Changes for Minnesota Teens in Driver's Ed

How to Decrease the Chances of your Teenager Driving Distracted

About DriveitHOME™

Upcoming Events

SERA Annual Conference
Feb 20-21, 2015

Pacific NW 2015 Conference
February 27- March 1, 2015

Utah State Meeting
April 27th, 2015

Kansas 2015 Conference
March 11th, 2015

MDTSEA Annual Conference
March 14th, 2015

NDDTSEA Annual Conference
March 26-28, 2015

WDTSEA Annual Conference
April 17-18, 2015

OPI/MTEA Annual Conference
April 26-28, 2015

TDTSA Annual Conference
May 1-2, 2015

NSSP Annual Conference
July 10-13, 2015

ADTSEA Annual Conference
Jul 12-15, 2015


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NRSF Drive Safe Chicago
An exciting video contest for teens to help prevent distracted driving.

Send us your idea for a 30-second TV ad about the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting and talking on cell phones while driving.

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.

Work with an Emmy Award-winning director to make your idea into a Public Service Announcement to be featured at The Chicago Auto Show and also on National TV. Read more here.

2015 Drive2Life Student PSA Contest
Challenge your students in grades 6–12 to enter the 2015 Drive2Life Contest by creating public service announcements (PSAs) to help prevent distracted walking.

The student Grand Prize is $1,000 and a trip to New York City, where the winner will work with an Emmy Award–winning producer to film the PSA. Teachers have the chance to win, too! Check out the Official Rules.

Deadline: February 10, 2015. Read more here.

The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and the Hawaiian Department of Education are looking for the best ideas for radio public service announcements, conceived by young people and aimed at young people, to alert them to the dangers of distracted driving.

From the month of February until April we are accepting applications for the JST DRV PSA Contest. All entries must be postmarked by April 1st. 2014. Read more here.


Haven House Services was founded in 1973 to provide community-based services to at-risk youth and their families in Wake County.  It was founded by Rev. Al Dimmock, a local pastor, who was volunteering in juvenile court when the court faced the case of a young girl who could not go home, was not appropriate for training school, and had no other options.  It compelled Rev. Dimmock to create a place of refuge for young people experiencing difficult circumstances. This place became Haven House Services, which was incorporated in 1973. Initially a group home for girls, a group home for boys followed in December 1975.  From there, a natural evolution of services began and today we have 12 community based programs serving over 3ooo youth and their families each year.  One such program is Wrenn House, which opened its doors in 1981. See more here.

A Teen's Biggest Safety Threat is Sitting on the Driveway
Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. The more you know, the more you can do to prevent these crashes. Read more here.

Don't Be Tempted To Buy Your Teen A Cheap (Old) Car, Parents Warned
Almost half of teen drivers killed on US roads in the past few years were driving vehicles that were 11 or more years old, and often lacking key safety features, reveals research. Parents, who are usually the ones stumping up for a car, could be putting their children's lives at risk by focusing on cost, warn the researchers. Read the article here.

4 Big Changes for Minnesota Teens in Driver's Ed
Starting Jan. 1, 2015, a new law will take effect in Minnesota with hopes to better prepare teens before they get their driver's license. 

The enhanced Graduated Driver Licensing law will increase the minimum number of hours a teen must practice driving before licensure. It will also require a supervised driving log to be completed and submitted before taking the provisional driver's license road test. 

Drivers Ed. programs are now required to offer parent awareness classes that provide information on teen driving risks, laws, and the important role parents play in influencing their teen's driving habits. Read more here

How to Decrease the Chances of your Teenager Driving Distracted
The federal Department of Transportation reported that distracted driving related accidents killed 3,328 United States citizens in 2012 alone.  In the same year, distracted driving accidents caused 21% of all the fatal auto accidents involving teens ages 15 to 19 years old.  Distracted driving occurs when the operator of an automobile decides to use a cellphone to talk or text on, eat or drink, turn to look at another passenger while talking, using a navigation system, reading, watching video, adjusting a radio or other form of music player, grooming, while behind the wheel of a vehicle and driving.  The increasingly large number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by distracted driving accidents over the past five years has made it obvious that distracted driving is without a doubt one of the more serious safety issues and risks for every American that chooses to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. See more here.

About DriveitHOME™
Car crashes are the #1 cause of death for teens. Fortunately there is something we can do about this national tragedy. Designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers, DriveitHOME ™ offers a variety of helpful resources you can use to help your teen get the experience they need behind the wheel to become safer, more experienced drivers.

Our goal is to reduce the number of teen driving deaths, teen injuries and teen crashes to zero. Any other number isn’t good enough. Read more here.

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