June 2015 eNewsletter

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ADTSEA Conference 2015 North Carolina   July 12 - 15, 2015

Preconference Workshop

Preconference Outing

ADTSEA Host Outings

ADTSEA welcomes our newest Corporate Members


Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award

Teen texting and driving dips with state laws

Teens Probably Won’t Like Self-Driving Cars, but Their Parents Will

Teen Driving

Second Year of SafeSummerTN Launches to Promote Safe Driving for Teens During Deadly Summer Months

91 percent of parents who drive distracted do so in front of their teens, according to NSC survey

Message to ADTSEA members from Reginald Flythe, ADTSEA President-Elect

Upcoming Events

NSSP Annual Conference
July 10-13, 2015

ADTSEA Annual Conference
Jul 12-15, 2015

WTSEA Annual Conference
Oct 9-10, 2015

CASE Annual Conference
Oct 10, 2015

NETSEA Annual Conference
Oct 15-16, 2015

SCDTSEA Annual Conference
Nov 21, 2015

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ADTSEA Conference 2015 North Carolina   July 12 - 15, 2015

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2015 Annual Teen Leadership Conference July 10 - 13, 2015

3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609-7330

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 “Safety in My Mind”. For more information visit the NSSP website here.

Preconference Workshop
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Available to the first 30 teachers to register

No charge, but you must be registered for the ADTSEA conference and preregister for the workshop.

The workshop will focus on how driver education teachers can use materials developed by ADTSEA on tire safety and maintenance and how to incorporate the training module within the ADTSEA 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum. Participants of the workshop will receive a complimentary copy of the ADTSEA 3.0 Curriculum, which includes lesson plans, learning activities, visuals and videos and a copy of the Michelin/ADTSEA Tire Safety Lesson Plan at no charge. Registration Information.

Preconference Outing
Friday Night, July 10, 2015

Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

Bus leaves hotel at 5:30 PM; game @ 7:05 PM

Trip Fee: $40 includes game ticket, transportation,
& a $15 food allowance. Seats are limited-RESERVE NOW!
Registration Form.

ADTSEA Host Outings
If you are planning to participate in any of the Host Outings at this year’s conference in Raleigh, please send your host outing registration form and fees to Connie Sessoms as soon as possible.  We need to make final transportation arrangements and provide final numbers for the host facilities.

Host Outings

Golf Outing

ADTSEA welcomes our newest Corporate Members Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly; Moneo Drive and Walt Brinker, author of Roadside Survival.

Borden Perlman is a 4th generation family-owned business, currently celebrating its 100th year of service.  Based in Central New Jersey, Borden Perlman is the nation’s leading insurance broker for driving schools, and proudly serves over 80 driving schools around the country.  Borden Perlman is licensed to do business in all 48 continental states, and in addition to commercial insurance also offers bonding for professional driving schools.

By partnering with Borden Perlman, driving schools can expect to save at least 10-20% on their annual insurance premiums, and to get much broader coverage simultaneously.  We also have a dedicated claims team that, in the event of an accident, will guide you through each step of the process and make sure that the damaged vehicle is back on the road as quickly as possible.

Regional and state driver education associations also enjoy significant benefits through partnership with Borden Perlman: increased membership, additional revenue from our advertisement on the association’s website, and an exclusive insurance program to offer new and existing association members.

Borden Perlman is delighted to be a Corporate Member of ADTSEA, and looks forward to serving the Association and its members. 

In addition to being experts in the driving school industry, Borden Perlman offers diversified insurance and risk management services to families, businesses, non-profit organizations, and public entities. 

Moneo Drive is a cloud-based drivers education management system based on patent-pending technology. With features such as auto-assigning, auto-scheduling, student self-registration, instant reports, and parent-involvement tools, Moneo Drive is designed to streamline the daily processes of drivers education while relieving the headaches associated with paper-based management. Partnered with its powerful Moneo Drive Mobile app that collects and stores student behind-the-wheel accomplishments and requirements, Moneo Drive’s ability to empower drivers education programs is unmatched.

“Two hundred million licensed motor vehicle drivers in the United States expose themselves routinely to significant risk while betting that they will not become stranded when they drive.  There are two kinds of drivers: 1) those who have experienced a disabled vehicle (and will again), and 2) those who will for the first time.  Drivers can decrease the chances that they will have a break down and become stranded.  Each year AAA responds to 30 million calls nationally for help from stranded motorists, reflecting only a small fraction of the total.  Some folks learn only by experiencing inconvenience, embarrassment, and potentially serious risks.  Others make the proactive choice to learn how to prevent problems, and the methods to counteract them should they occur. 
My unique book is a collection of practical advice from over 2,000 free-of-charge roadside assists I have performed as a hobby, to empower drivers to prevent and contend with breakdowns.  Content is based on hands-on experience, not theory. I am not a mechanic, and most vehicle breakdowns do not require a mechanic.  More than 20 anecdotes from actual assists, several humorous, introduce, illustrate and reinforce concepts and techniques.  The book includes 56 pictures and illustrations with captions.  My solutions are simple, low tech, easily understood, and enable a driver of a disabled vehicle to drive it off an interstate highway or parking lot, to a facility which can fix the problem, or so that the motorist can obtain items needed to prevent recurrence.  They are not meant to be permanent repairs.  I have searched the internet for other similar books, finding none that comes close.  This book provides readers with the opportunity to avoid the negatives associated with becoming stranded (including no bathroom, no water, no food, too cold, too hot, darkness, and encountering predators).” – Walt Brinker http://roadsidesurvival.com/


First “Drive Safe Los Angeles” video contest launches; Winners announced at LA Auto Show in November, get a $2,500-prize and have their idea made into national ad

Southern California teenagers are invited to help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving by entering a new video contest launched by The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit group that promotes safe driving.

Promoted by the organizers of the LA Auto Show®, the “Drive Safe Los Angeles” contest invites teens in classes, SADD chapters and other recognized clubs to submit an original idea for a 30-second public service announcement that will inform viewers to refrain from distracted driving.  The winning team’s school will receive a $2,500-prize and have the opportunity to work with an Emmy Award-winning television producer to turn their script into a national ad.  The winning  spot will debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show during its inaugural “Safety Sunday” on November 22.

“Distracted driving is a serious risk that needs to be addressed at all levels, starting with hyperconnected teens entering the driver’s seat,” said LA Auto Show President, Lisa Kaz.  “While safety innovations have made vehicles safer than ever before, crashes continue to be attributed to driver inattention and distraction.  We hope the ‘Drive Safe Los Angeles’ campaign will help generate awareness among teenage drivers and inspire them to share the message with their friends, families and communities.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 3,300 people are killed every year due to distracted driving and that tens of thousands more are injured.  While the most talked-about causes of distraction are texting and cell phone use, drivers also can be distracted by using GPS devices, adjusting sound system controls, talking with passengers or even eating.

"Anything that takes the driver's eyes off the road and mind off driving is a distraction that can have serious consequences," said Michelle Anderson, Operations Director of The National Road Safety Foundation in New York.  "Driving is not something that can be done safely while multi-tasking.  It requires full attention, which means eyes and mind must be on the road." 

Teens in classes or school organizations in Los Angeles and neighboring counties including Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, Riverside and Santa Barbara are invited to enter the contest by sending a script or storyboards for a television ad that reminds people to not drive distracted.   In order to compete in the “Drive Safe Los Angeles” contest, teams must submit their entry between June 1 – October 16, 2015; any entries received after the deadline will not qualify for the contest.  The winner will be announced at the LA Auto Show.  A runner-up class or group’s school will receive a $1,500 award.  All contestants will receive a complimentary ticket to attend Safety Sunday at the auto show, courtesy of show management.
Information about distracted driving and the “Drive Safe Los Angeles” contest can be seen at www.nrsf.org or www.teenlane.org.  For the latest show news and to purchase tickets to attend the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, please visit www.laautoshow.com.

Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award
Recognizing those saving lives and changing behaviors
Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, yet these crashes are
preventable. Individuals and organizations across the U.S. are working to keep teens safer on the roads. The National Safety Council wants to recognize these efforts. If you know an individual or organization that has made a positive difference in teen driver safety, submit a nomination for the Teen Driving Safety Leadership
Award today. Read more here.

Teen texting and driving dips with state laws
According to a new analysis of nationwide surveys, teens report less texting while driving in the years following statewide bans. But texting while driving rates are still high, the researchers found.

“We have amazing technology at our fingertips, but it can be destructive,” said senior investigator Dr. Andrew Adesman of Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. Read more here.

Teens Probably Won’t Like Self-Driving Cars, but Their Parents Will
If consumers have their way, self-driving cars will enable parents to keep tighter reins on teen motorists. A survey conducted by the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University reveals that people are soundly in favor of putting parental controls in high-tech cars of the future. 1,000 people, aged 18-70, were polled to learn which freedom-foiling attribute they deemed most important.

Top Parental Controls

1. Control to set speed limit, curfew time and number of passengers (84%)

2. Control feature to limit the geographic range the car will travel (61%)

3. Parent text display to communicate with driver (60%)

Read more here.

Teen Driving
For most teens, getting a driver’s license is exciting and liberating. For their parents, however, it can be an anxiety-filled time. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and teens are four times more likely to be in a crash than older drivers.

While these statistics are sobering, there are steps parents can take to help keep their teens safe. Leading by example, and talking to kids early and often about the risks and responsibilities of driving can help teens avoid accidents and become safe drivers, say experts featured on Be Smart. Be Well. Teen Driving.

"Parents play a key role in preventing teen crashes. Believe it or not, when asked whose opinions they listen to, teens most often said their parents," says Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH, of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one of the experts featured on the site. Read more here.

Second Year of SafeSummerTN Launches to Promote Safe Driving for Teens During Deadly Summer Months
Car crashes are the number one cause of teenage deaths in the United States and the period through Memorial Day until Labor Day is the deadliest for drivers ages 15-20. To curb these deadly statistics in Tennessee, SafeSummerTN (SafeSummerTN.com), administered by Driving Global Awareness in partnership with Nashville-based technology company splitsecnd and MADD Tennessee, is launching its second annual campaign today geared at raising awareness for the need for teens to practice safe driving habits over the deadly summer season. The campaign aims to spark conversation between parents and teens to facilitate safe driving conversations and decrease avoidable crashes and incidents. Read more here.

91 percent of parents who drive distracted do so in front of their teens, according to NSC survey.
Parents do not model good driving behavior, but say they are their teens’ primary driving teachers
A National Safety Council survey found 91 percent of parents who use their cell phones while driving do so when their teens are in the car, despite 88 percent saying they are one of their teens' primary driving teachers. The finding underscores not only the need to help parents break the habit of driving distracted, but also to help them understand their role as a driving coach. Numerous studies show the positive impact parents have on their teens' driving habits.

The finding is released in conjunction with the start of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, observed each May.

"When it comes to teaching our teens to drive, 'Do as I say, not as I do,' can be fatal," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Parents who make calls or send texts behind the wheel are sending a clear and dangerous message to their children: that distracted driving is acceptable."
Read more here.

Message to ADTSEA members from Reginald Flythe, ADTSEA President-Elect
I appreciate all who voted in the ADTSEA elections and I am very humbled to be selected as President-Elect.  I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve and accept this as an honor and privilege to represent ADTSEA in this capacity.   I will work hard to be a good servant and do my best to provide effective leadership for the ADTSEA family.

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