Teen Texting While Driving Highest in the Dakotas
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A new report released this week shows North Dakota and South Dakota have the top two highest rates of high school-aged teens who admit to texting and driving. The report, which surveyed 13,000 teens nationwide and was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week, found that about 61 percent of teen drivers grades 9 through 12 in South Dakota text and drive or send emails while driving. In North Dakota, the report found it was slightly over 59 percent. The CDC said the national average is about 41 percent. "We do it because it's there," 15-year-old high school student Cassidy Sieveke told the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1lm2YWm ). "I think it's a bad thing, but it's just something our generation has grown up with." The high percentage of teens who said they have texted or emailed while driving is concerning public safety officials. "This is a behavioral issue and people tend to agree that it's a dangerous behavior, but only when other people do it," Lee Axdahl, South Dakota's director of highway safety, told the Leader. "And in reality, those same people are guilty of texting and driving, too." Axdahl speculated that one explanation for the high rates might be that South Dakota is in the minority of states that allow 14-year-olds to drive.
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Allstate Launches Teen Driving App for Parents
Allstate Corp. has launched a smartphone feature called Star Driver that will let parents know how their teen drivers are behaving behind the wheel. Both the parents and teens agree on limits about where, when and how fast the teen is allowed to drive. Parents can be alerted with a text message if the teen violates part of the agreement. A year ago, Allstate said it was planning to introduce some monitoring programs centered around teen drivers but it didn’t provide specifics. Allstate on Thursday announced Star Driver, a smartphone tool powered by its also-new Drivewise Mobile app that helps identify and teach safe driving behaviors. The Drivewise Mobile app collects a driver’s speed, time of day, hard-braking events and location. For years, car insurers have stressed that their driver-monitoring programs don’t track location. But now the Drivewise Mobile app, and as a result Star Driver, gathers information about location. Read more here.
Summer is Deadliest Time for Teen Drivers
If anyone knows how dangerous driving can be for teenagers, it's Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes. That's why Montes, the agency's spokeswoman for the Central Florida region, has laid down the law for her 16-year-old son: Wear your seat belt. Don't speed. Slow down in the rain. Montes and other parents have good reason to worry, especially at this time of year. The AAA auto club says the 100 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day are the deadliest for teenage drivers and their teen passengers. It's when schedules are looser; trips involve friends and fun rather than school and structured activities; and curfews may be less strict. There are an average of 261 teen traffic-crash deaths nationwide during each summer month compared with 207 at other times — an increase of 26 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Read more here.
Road Warrior: Waging War on Teen Driver Deaths
Pam Fischer, founder of the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition, is credited for reducing the death toll.
Pam Fischer's eyes welled up when she cited last year's death toll among New Jersey drivers under the age of 21. "Sixteen," Fischer told an audience filled with other road safety advocates. "That's the lowest on record. I choke up every time I think about it." Few have more right to let a little emotion creep into their speeches than the woman who has been waging an effective war on the crashes that kill more young people than any other cause. The record speaks for itself: In 2006, the year before she became the state's highway traffic safety director, 47 young drivers died in New Jersey traffic, as did 21 of their teen peers who rode with them as passengers. Four years later, the combined total in both categories – 68 — plummeted to 33. Spokesmen for the National Safety Council attribute these improvements mostly to Fischer. "She's one of the nation's leading advocates for teen safe driving — if not THE top advocate," said John Ulczycki, an NSC vice president, in introducing her last year at a Monmouth County driving-safety function. "New Jersey is fortunate to have her." Read more here.
Press Release: TOYOTA AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF 2014 TOYOTA TEEN DRIVER VIDEO CHALLENGE AND HIGH SCHOOL SWEEPSTAKES
Video Challenge Nets Students from Irvine, Calif. $15,000 and the Chance to Work with Discovery to Produce their Entry as a TV-Ready PSA – NC School Wins $5,000 and Driving Simulator as Grand Prize Winner of National Sweepstakes – Silver Spring, MD [June 17, 2014] –Toyota and Discovery Education today announced that Jenny Kim, Tyler Koski, Kevin Kim and Chase Masters of Irvine, CA were chosen as the grand prize winners of the 2014 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge. The Challenge is part of Toyota and Discovery Education’s joint Toyota Teen Driver program, created to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. Now in its third year, the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge asks students across the country to produce short videos that inspire their peers to avoid distractions while behind the wheel. This year, ten finalist videos were selected from more than 1,000 entries and posted online for public voting. The winning video features a young boy who visits a tarot card reader and learns he has the power to dramatically change his future by avoiding driving distractions when he becomes a teenager. You can view the video at toyotateendriver.com/teens/video-archive. Read more here.
Online Program May Improve Teen Driver Training
A Web-based program for parents and teens may maximize the time they spend together on driving instructions, and ultimately make teens safer drivers, according to a new study. The online program, which emphasizes practice, planning and evaluation, resulted in the teens spending more time behind the wheel and failing fewer driving tests compared to their peers using a standard state-issued manual. “We want to help families make the most out of their practice hours,” Jessica Mirman said. “States require that teens get a certain number of hours to complete their practice so why not make them less stressful and more useful and (the TeenDrivingPlan) can help with that.” Mirman is the study’s lead author and a developmental psychologist at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teen drivers are about three times more likely to die in a crash, compared to those 20 years old or more.
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2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference
“Strategic Planning: Driver Education in the Digital Age”
The 58th Annual ADTSEA Conference titled “Strategic Planning: Driver Education in the Digital Age” will be held July 13 – 16, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas. This is a very important event for all of us. It is a time to come together and share information that is a valuable part of our continued education.
Our ADTSEA program planners have an extensive list of presenters for each division session. The General Sessions combine national leaders, motivational speakers and awards recognition. This year the General Sessions include Curtis Waltermire, a professional magician and mentalist as well as motivational speaker Bill Cordes, the YOGOWYPI Guy “You Only Get Out What You Put In”. The Bishop Forum speaker is Dr. Monte Selby, educator, author, and speaker from Colorado, Education’s Songwriter with a presentation titled “Creating a Best Day: How Good Teachers Get Better!”
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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”.
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Survey for the Development of the ADTSEA 4.0 Curriculum
The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) is conducting a survey to assist with the development of a new and improved 4.0 curriculum. We would like to seek your assistance to determine ways to improve and update the curriculum. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
To complete the survey please use the following link to Survey Monkey
Driver Education Teacher Preparation
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2014 Fall Semester Calendar
NOW 90% ONLINE, D2L!
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DRIVER EDUCATION LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
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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.
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