July 2017 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

2017 ADTSEA Conference

ADTSEA Conference 2017 -- St. Cloud State University Credit July 16th – 19th


ADTSEA / Michelin Tire Safety Pre-Conference Workshop at ADTSEA Conference


Notes on “Getting Pulled Over” Mini-Module:

ADED Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation

ADTSEA Academy

Lehigh Valley Health Network Simulation Study Results Show
Driving Simulators Effective in Training

FMCSA Urges Everyone to “Share the Road Safely
In National Safety Campaign

State of Safety: A State-by-State Report


ADTSEA welcomes our newest Corporate Members
Scope IT Consulting LLC.

Upcoming Events

Jul 14-17,2017

July 16-19, 2017

Oct 13-14, 2017

Oct 13-15, 2017

Feb 23-24, 2018

Mar 29-31, 2018

Apr 6-7, 2018

Apr 21, 2018

May 2-4, 2018

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61st ADTSEA Conference
“Embracing Technology”
Sacramento, CA.
  July 16 – 19, 2017
ADTSEA Conference Registration Form

The 61st ADTSEA Conference is days away! We are looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting our newest members. We have an exciting program laid out with various speakers on new technology, autonomous vehicles, driver assessments, teen drivers  and more!  For more details on the upcoming programs, go to  www.adtsea.org. See you soon!


Online Reservations

Group Code is ADTSEA

If you need special accommodations at the hotel, please let the hotel staff know when you register for your hotel room.

Parking at hotel is $9 per day.

Super Shuttle info-  Supershuttle ADTSEA 2017


ADTSEA Conference 2017 -- St. Cloud State University Credit July 16th – 19th  (Sacramento, California)
St. Cloud State University is offering one graduate or undergraduate credit this year. If you are interested in attending the conference for credit, see below for tuition and registration information.

TSE 455 Promoting Quality Driver Education 1 cr.
Undergraduate Credit: $227.35 + $9.43 student fees = $236.78

TSE 555 Promoting Quality Driver Education 1 cr.
Graduate Credit: $368.66 + $9.43 student fees = $378.09

An additional writing assignment is required if you register for credit. Completed writing assignments should be submitted to Mark Lee at mdlee@stcloudstate.edu

Attend all conference sessions:
Write brief summaries of each session include: title of session, presenter, what you learned from this session and practical application to you as a TSE instructor. Submit completed summary no later than JULY 28th, 2017 to earn credit.  You may send the completed summary, preferred via e-mail utilizing a Microsoft Word attachment to: mdlee@stcloudstate.edu

or USPS to:
Mark Lee
Franklin Middle School
300 Spruce Ave. S.
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

For registration information for credit contact Susan Erickstad at St. Cloud State University by July 18h, 2017:  serickstad@stcloudstate.edu or 320-308-3049 as soon possible. Susan will provide you with the directions to complete your registration.

Senior Citizens:
Minnesota residents 62 years of age or older may enroll in courses at St. Cloud State University, providing space is available after tuition-paying students have enrolled, for $20 administrative fee plus minimal standard fees to attend "for credit" courses.  Must be 62 at the time of registration.


National Student Safety Program Teen Leadership Conference
 July 14-17, 2017
Sacramento, CA

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.  Meet teens that have developed great programs and projects that are working in their communities.  Feel their excitement and get engaged—teach, learn and share projects.  Get recognized by nominating your group, project and/or outstanding individuals in the NSSP Awards Program and win awards for your outstanding efforts.  Keep doing the right thing by helping peers make the right choices and educating others with your knowledge. 
Value and challenge yourself--push your potential to the limit.  The conference will motivate you to create, develop and implement prevention programs.  Make new friends and build your own network of resources.  Exercise and strengthen your leadership skills.

For more information visit the NSSP website at: www.adtsea.org


ADTSEA / Michelin Tire Safety Pre-Conference Workshop at ADTSEA Conference

ADTSEA will be conducting a free tire safety workshop to driver education instructors prior to the ADTSEA Conference in Sacramento, California on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Participants will receive a free copy of the ADTSEA Curriculum and a free set of Michelin tires will be given away. Lunch and giveaways will be provided as well. The workshop is limited to 30 attendees. You must register for the conference to attend.

For more information or to register go to: 2017 ADTSEA Tire Safety Workshop




The Teacher of Excellence Award attracted 4 excellent candidates who met or exceeded the expectations of this award.  The following teachers will be recognized at this year’s conference during the TEA Luncheon and be given the opportunity to provide a few remarks when they are called forward to receive their award. The teachers are Allyn Workman (Missouri), Jonathon Dondoneau (North Dakota), Larry Fairclo (Oregon) and Cynthia Bagley (Hawaii).  Each submitted portfolios of evidence to demonstrate their qualifications for becoming a TEA recipient for this year’s conference.  After reviewing
each portfolio, it was determined that all should be awarded the TEA for the 2017. 

Allen Robinson notified each of the recipients and David Reich contacted each nominee to gather information to be used in a local press release during the conference.  Allyn Workman, ADTSEA Secondary Chair, also contacted each of the nominees with information about their presentation during the scheduled Secondary Division meeting directly following the TEA luncheon.

The TEA committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Road Safety Foundation for their continued support of this excellent award.  Each awardee will receive from the National Road Safety Foundation a monetary stipend, their conference registration waived, a name badge indicating their selection as a Teacher of Excellence award winner, and a plaque to be presented with their name and recognition as an ADTSEA Teacher of Excellence Award recipient.

Respectfully Submitted,
Rich Hanson
TEA Chair


Notes on “Getting Pulled Over” Mini-Module:
Traffic stops can be risky- for both drivers and law enforcement officers.  That’s why new drivers should receive instruction on how handle traffic stops- before their first one ever occurs.  To provide support to driving schools in accomplishing this goal, AAA has released its free lesson plan on safe traffic stops, called “Getting Pulled Over.”

The 15-20 minute mini-module covers key points including:

  • How to pull over safely
  • How to prepare for the officer’s approach to the vehicle
  • How to communicate with the officer, and what actions to avoid to promote calmness and safety

According to AAA’s Dr. William Van Tassel, “Driving instructors interact with hundreds of new and experienced drivers each year.  Instead of waiting to include this information in the next full revision of the How To Drive curriculum, we wanted to get this free lesson plan to them as soon as we could, to help development a nationwide culture of safe traffic stops.”
Developed with input from law enforcement Focus Group, this resources includes three (3) components:

  • Instructor Guide
  • Set of Powerpoint slides
  • 4-page Student Workbook.

For free access to all three printable components, simply visit AAA, and download the files.  AAA appreciates what you do for teen driving safety!



Albuquerque, NM                                                         July 28-29, 2017
Traffic Safety for the Driver Rehabilitation Specialist 
15 ADED/1.5 AOTA hours offered
Speakers: Jan Stephanides and Sally Sullivan
This two-day course is designed to educate Traffic Safety Principles and practices to those Driver Rehabilitation Specialists who have a more clinical background.  In this course, information will be shared that is typically inherent in the Traffic Safety/ Driver Education fields. Information to be gained from this program includes defensive driving and collision avoidance techniques, strategies for teaching vehicle maneuverability, design of a driver education course and how to determine number of sessions needed for training. In addition, discussion of how human factors impact evaluation, training and communication of the information needed by the customer will be addressed.
Contact ADED 866-672-9466   Register online: www.aded.net

Albuquerque, NM                                                         July 28-29, 2017
The Impact of Disabilities, Vision & Aging and their Relationship to Driving
Speakers: Nathalie Drouin and Michele Luther-Krug 15 ADED/1.5 AOTA hours offered
Course designed for driver education and allied health professionals who wish to apply their knowledge of the different types and levels of disabilities to the driving task.
Contact ADED 866-672-9466   Register online: www.aded.net

Albuquerque, NM                                                         July 30-August 1, 2017
ADED Annual Conference and Exhibits                                              
Multiple ADED and AOTA hours offered! Professionals specializing in the field of Driver Rehabilitation meet annually for continuing education through workshops, seminars, and hands on learning. Earn contact hours for CDRS renewal and advance your career in the field of Driver Rehabilitation. A variety of pre-conference workshops will also be offered. 
Contact ADED 866-672-9466   Register online: www.aded.net


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Lehigh Valley Health Network Simulation Study Results Show
Driving Simulators Effective in Training
Virtual Driver Interactive Simulators and One Simple Decision Software® Used in Four-Year Study 

ADTSEA Corporate Member, Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc. (VDI),  a provider of simulation-based driver training solutions, congratulates Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for conducting an extensive, four-year study focused on the educational effectiveness of driving simulators.  LVHN’s study confirms that driving simulators using first-person, consequence-based training play a significant role in raising the knowledge about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving behaviors.  The results conclude that using educational driving simulators showing drivers real life consequences of choices they make while driving, does raise awareness about texting, cell phone use, impaired driving, and not wearing a seat belt. Click here for the press release. Read more about the study here.


Our Roads Our Safety

FMCSA Urges Everyone to “Share the Road Safely
In National Safety Campaign
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues its efforts to raise public awareness so that all drivers know how to operate safely around large trucks and buses through a newly formed partnership under the Our Roads, Our Safety campaign.

“FMCSA is pleased to work with a group of partners that are dedicated to safety and share our agency’s goal of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses on the road,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson. “This important partnership amplifies the message that all drivers on the roadway must work together to ensure that everyone arrives safely at their destinations.” 

The American Bus Association, AAA and the American Trucking Associations have joined with FMCSA to amplify the Our Roads, Our Safety effort to educate all pedestrians, bicyclists, passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers on how to better share our roadways and improve safety for all.

There are several simple actions passenger vehicle drivers should take while sharing the road with large trucks and buses:

  • Stay out of the “No Zones” or blind spots at the front, back and sides of the vehicle
  • Make sure they can see the driver in the mirror before safely passing
  • Don’t cut in close while merging in front of a CMV
  • Stay back a safe distance to avoid being in the blind spot
  • Anticipate wide turns and consider larger vehicles may require extra turning room
  • Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions
  • Lastly, be patient driving around large trucks and buses
Visit www.sharetheroadsafely.gov to get involved. Learn more and share information about how passenger vehicle drivers, CMV drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians share a responsibility for making our roads a safer place for everyone. The program features a wide variety of materials, including infographics, tip sheets, radio PSAs, and digital ads, among others. To download the outreach materials click here (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/campaign-assets).


National Safety Council
State of Safety: A State-by-State Report
National Safety Council is on a mission to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime, but safety can be difficult to quantify. That's why NSC took on a year-long project to grade states on actions and policies they have taken – or not taken – to reduce risk for all residents.

The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report provides insight into promising practices, and it shows where states are on track or falling short on road safety, home and community safety, and workplace safety. It offers a bird's-eye view of safety policies and legislation that can help us reduce preventable deaths from things like distracted driving, prescription painkillers and falls.

No state goes far enough to protect its residents from the leading causes of preventable deaths and injuries – commonly known as "accidents." For a list of states in rank order click here, The full report can be found here.



ADTSEA welcomes our newest Corporate Members

Scope IT Consulting LLC.

(888) SCOPE-27

Scope IT Consulting, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise WBE, Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is recognized as a go-to organization for solving complex business process and technology integration problems for its clients. With hundreds of successful projects, our team has mastered the expertise of solving the most complex business problems by bringing people, process and data together.

We provide expertise in project management, technology training, staff augmentation, process improvement, and maturity assessment.  Scope IT solutions built for customers include IT Service Desk, Grants management, Asset Management and Opportunity management.

Scope IT’s list of clients include State of Ohio, State of Georgia, Appian Corporation, Primerica, and Sabel Systems.

Our most recent project was with the Georgia Drivers Education Commission of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. We created a Grants Management system to provide grants for teenage drivers.  We are currently working with Georgia Department of Driver Services to bring license renewal, fee payments and other services to citizens over their mobile device.

Virtual Driver Interactive

Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI) is well known in the simulation industry for its vision of innovative, simulation-based training.  VDI enables school officials to teach the critical skills essential to safe driving while also deterring distracted or impaired driving – all without putting the student in danger!  For more information about VDI’s effective simulation driver training solutions, please visit www.driverinteractive.com or come by our booth at the 2017 ADSTEA Conference for a live demonstration!

Virtual Driver Interactive
4505 Golden Foothill Parkway
El Dorado Hills, CA  95762


We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Professional Level:

Darren Barone (NY)

Michael Hale (FL)

Andrea Baxter (LA)

Cindy Sevell (CT)

Chermaine Kelly (LA)

Lynne Talbot (NY)

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