60th ADTSEA Conference
"Meeting our Changing Times"
in Portland, Oregon, July 17 – 20, 2016.
2016 ADTSEA Agenda
Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217
Host Outing Information and Registration Forms are now available online
National Student Safety Program Teen Leadership Conference
July 15th – 18th, 2016 in Portland, OR
The National Student Safety Program (NSSP) exists for youth to develop leadership, positive relationships, and programs that help to reduce death and injury on our nation’s highways through traffic safety education. NSSP celebrates 60 proud years of providing youth with an annual opportunity to share teen developed programs. We invite you to be a part of this exciting conference. This year’s conference is titled “Blazing the Safety Trail”.
For more information and registratuion forms visit the NSSP website.
On Friday, July 15th, the NSSP students and advisors are going to Oaks Park. If you would like to join them for this amusement park outing, please contact the ADTSEA office at 724-801-8246 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The buses will leave the hotel at 5:15 and will return at 9:15.
TEACHERS IN ILLINOIS, N. DAKOTA, WASHINGTON NAMED
TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE
BY NATIONAL DRIVER ED TEACHERS GROUP AND THE NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION
Driver education teachers from Illinois, North Dakota and Washington have been selected by their peers to receive the Teacher Excellence Award at the national conference of the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) here. The Teacher Excellence Awards are given by The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit group that creates driver safety education materials and makes them available at no cost to teachers and schools, police, traffic safety advocates and youth organizations. The award is named in memory of Dr. Francis Kenel, a traffic safety engineer, former director of the AAA, author of driver ed teacher training materials and a mentor to countless driver education instructors.
Chosen by their peers to receive the 2016 Teacher Excellence Award, which carries with it a cash stipend, are Judy Weber-Jones, a teacher at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School in Gibson City, IL; Becky Hardy of Turtle Mountain Community High School, Belcourt, ND and Yusuf A. Quidwai of Q Driving School in Omak, WA. They will be honored at a luncheon July 19 at the ADTSEA National Conference in Portland, OR.
“Driving instructors are a dedicated group whose mission is to save lives and prevent needless tragedy by helping young people learn how to drive safely and responsibly,” said David Reich, public relations director of The National Road Safety Foundation. “The teachers we honor have been selected by their peers as the best of the best, consistently demonstrating creativity and enthusiasm in the lifesaving work they do.”
Winner Judy Weber-Jones, driver ed teacher for 31 years, has worked hard to change laws in Illinois, including a No-Texting Ban, tougher GDL laws and increased fines for speeding. She helped initiate the Illinois Dept. of Transportation’s Operation Teen Safe Driving program, mentoring 105 schools throughout the state in the first year. She also helped develop, with noted race car driver Andy Pilgrim, a distracted driving unit that became part of the state’s driver ed curriculum. Teaching driver education, she said, “has been the best decision in my life.”
Becky Hardy has been teaching driver education for 38 years, beginning in a small town that had one stop sign and no paved roads. A registered EMT technician, she spent many years as a volunteer for the ambulance squad in her hometown of Rolla, ND. While serving as an officer in the North Dakota Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association, she has helped bring higher standards to the state’s driver ed curriculum and has presented at the group’s annual conference for new driver ed instructors. “Traffic safety education has always made sense to me,” she said. “Why would we want anyone to be less than safe? I love teaching driver education because it is so important and because the students truly want to learn to drive safely.”
Yusuf Quidwai operates Q Driving School in Omak, WA. An educator at the local and state level for more than 30 years and past president of the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association, he has worked to update the state’s traffic safety curriculum and licensing knowledge questions. He has trained instructors and helps find driver ed teachers to help continue driver ed programs at school throughout the state, while personally teaching a three small public schools in order to keep their programs alive. “I love to teach this life-long skill to young students,” he said. “My goal and prayer for these young drivers is to keep them accident-free and ticket-free for life.”
Rich Hanson, who heads the selection committee for ADTSEA, said, “Driver education instructors generally are passionate about ensuring that their students become safe drivers, but our Teacher Excellence Award winners have consistently gone above and beyond in that mission. We are proud to recognize them and hope they will inspire others to excel.”
The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education is the professional association that represents traffic safety educators throughout the United States. As a national advocate for quality traffic safety education, the group creates and publishes policies and guidelines for driver ed and conducts conferences and workshops for teachers. It was instrumental in creating the new driver education curriculum standard issued recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more than 50 years, The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), a non-profit organization, has created driver education programs for free distribution to teachers, police, traffic safety agencies, youth advocacy groups and others. The organization has supported ADTSEA’s Teacher Excellence Awards program for seven years. NRSF has programs on speed and aggression, drinking and driving, and drowsy driving. Its newest programs, “Road Buzzed: A Look at Impaired Driving,” "Generation tXt" and "Stay in the Picture," address impaired and distracted driving and prom and summer driving safety aimed at young people. NRSF also sponsors contests for teens in partnership with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Scholastic. To view free programs and for more information, visit www.nrsf.org or www.teenlane.org. Read the article here.
Check out the latest edition of the NRSF Newsletter ROAD BUZZ
AAA Reveals Top Driving Distractions for Teens as “100 Deadliest Days” Begin
Crashes for teen drivers increase significantly during the summer months because teens drive more during this time of year. Over the past five years during the “100 Deadliest Days” Read more here.
Over the past five years, more than 5,000 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period starting at Memorial Day when teen crash deaths historically climb. As the summer driving season begins, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is releasing a follow-up study confirming that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel. The research also finds a disturbing trend showing that texting and social media use are on the rise amongst teen drivers.
Your Phone & Cognitive Processes
Chances are you have heard that texting and driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that it’s banned in 41 states, many drivers still choose to text and drive. The danger with phone distraction doesn’t stop at texting though—let us consider the gamut of potentially fatal phone habits in relation to the way our brain functions.
Texting and Driving
When you’re texting and driving, you’re unable to fully focus on either task. Your brain has to operate on several different levels in order to effectively drive a car. Your visual attention needs to be on the road so that you can see turns, perceive potential problems, and determine where you’re going next. Read more here.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds, according to most recent data (2009) 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.
Other major contributing factors to the higher crash risk of young drivers are night driving and teen passengers. Teenagers are involved in more motor vehicle crashes late in the day and at night than at other times of the day. Teens also have a greater chance of getting involved in an accident if other teens are present in the vehicle, according to research from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
and State Farm. Read more here.
We live in a connected world where multitasking is second nature and communication is instant. This, coupled with the compulsion to stay connected at all times, makes drivers overly confident in their ability to ‘safely’ text and use their cell phones while driving. Many drivers believe that they can practice unsafe driving habits such as “driving with their knees,” “glancing up and down from their phone,” or “creating singing vines while driving,” but these drivers often do not realize how many consequences these behaviors can cause. It’s imperative that every driver remembers- all distracted driving is dangerous.
To raise awareness of this dangerous behavior, the Ad Council partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012 to create a Texting and Driving Prevention campaign. The campaign shows drivers that no matter how “safely” they think they can engage in distracted driving, the behavior is always dangerous - for every driver, all the time. Read more here and here.
St. Cloud State University Credits for ADTSEA Conference 2016
St. Cloud University is offering one graduate or undergraduate credit this year. If you are interested in attending the conference for credit, see link below for tuition and registration information.
St. Cloud-ADTSEA Conference -July 2016.pdf
We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:
Donna Burgess (WA)
Mary Pitts (WA)
Dennis Chartier (AZ)
Lisa Lambert (LA)
Kimberly Bunag (Japan)
Stanley Blicharz (VT)
Derek Stewart (FL)
Jordan Rhodes (NY)
Gary Kentner (WA)
Sarah Kentner (WA)
Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Portland, Oregon next year!
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