May 2014 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

Congratulations to the 2014 Drive2Life Contest Winners!

Michael Calvin recognized with the 2014 NHTSA‘s Public Service Lifesavers Award

2014 Annual ADTSEA Conference  

58th Annual Conference Golf Outing

2014 Annual NSSP Conference

Survey for the Development of the ADTSEA 4.0 Curriculum

Driver Education Teacher Preparation
Traffic Safety Education (TSE) Courses

Speeding a Deadly Issue for Teen Drivers

National Safety Council calls for 2014 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award Nominations

Ford City Seniors Win Teen Driving Competition

Shelton teens tackle safe driving this prom season


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Congratulations to the 2014 Drive2Life Contest Winners!

For the 2014 Drive2Life Contest, students in grades 6–12 were invited to create a storyboard or written script for a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) that features a scenario showing how teen passengers and drivers can prevent, avoid, or get out of an impaired-driving situation. The Grand Prize winner received $1,000 and a trip to New York City, where a professional film crew transformed the student’s vision into a 30-second commercial!

Grand Prize Winner
Emily M., Cypress Bay High School, Grade 12

Runner-Up Winners (Grades 6–8)
Emily R., Shadow Hills Intermediate School, Grade 7
Gabrielle S., Seeley Lake Elementary, Grade 8

Runner-Up Winners (Grades 9–12)
Anna C., Careerline Tech Center, Grade 11
BriAnna E., West Scranton High School, Grade 9
To read the Press Release and view the winning PSA visit the National Road Safety Foundation’s website at

Michael Calvin recognized with the
2014 NHTSA‘s Public Service Lifesavers Award

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrator’s (AAMVA) Michael R. Calvin, Senior Advisor Strategic Initiatives was presented with the 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Public Service Lifesavers Award by David J. Friedman, Acting Administrator of the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Mr. Calvin was recognized for his outstanding leadership, nationally and internationally, in developing uniform and consistent policies and procedure for training and licensing drivers of motor vehicles.  Congratulations to Mr. Calvin for his dedication and outstanding commitment he brings to highway safety.      

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!”

Early Bird registration ends June 1, 2014.

DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport
Reservations: 1-800-247-4458
Ask for the ADTSEA Conference Room of $106.00 per night
For more information visit our website at

58th Annual Conference Golf Outing

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Arthur B. Sims Golf Course
Wichita, KS
10 minute drive from hotel
Tee time: 8:30am
Green Fees and Cart: $37.00 per Person

For More Information and to register click here and submit registration form to Fred Nagao.

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”.
For more information visit our website here.

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
Traffic Safety Education (TSE) Courses
2014 Fall Semester Calendar

St. Cloud State University
Continuing Studies

(13 credits)
See SCSU web pages for more TSE information at:

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.

Summer Block I, May 19 to June 26, 2014
Fall Semester, August 25th to December 10th 2014

Speeding a Deadly Issue for Teen Drivers
To make roadways safer for teens, the nation has focused much attention on such critical issues as distracted driving and driving under the influence. But speeding — which is arguably even more critical — has largely escaped such notice. Meanwhile, speeding as a factor in fatal teen crashes is ticking up, from 30% in 2000 to 33% in 2011, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. In a study funded by insurer State Farm, GHSA found that from 2000-11, there were 19,447 speed-related crashes involving teen drivers. If the USA is to continue making progress in teen driving safety, it must address speeding, says Susan Ferguson, an established highway safety consultant who authored the report. "Speeding is something people aren't particularly concerned about," Ferguson says. "Speed limits have been going up across the country since they repealed the (national) 55 mph speed limit in 1995."This is the first time, really, that we've focused on this issue exclusively. We've known for a while that speeding is an issue for young drivers, especially for young males," she says. Read more here.

National Safety Council calls for 2014 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award Nominations
The National Safety Council is accepting nominations for its 2014 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award. The award, made possible by a grant from the General Motors Foundation, recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to reducing car crashes involving teen drivers.  "Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about half of all teens will be involved in a crash before they graduate from high school," said John Ulczycki, vice president of strategic initiatives at NSC. "Fortunately, we have individuals and organizations working at the grassroots, state and national levels to change the culture of teen driving. NSC wants to recognize those individuals and organizations that are helping us save lives."

Award winners will have clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of their programs or contributions, which may include the following efforts:

Ford City Seniors Win Teen Driving Competition

The best student drivers from nearly a dozen high schools in Armstrong and Indiana County competed in the “Teen Safe Driving Competition” earlier this month and for the first time, first place went to Ford City High. Ford City Seniors Adam Tatsak, Megan Fuller and Tyler DeLancey tallied the overall highest score at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Highway Safety Center competition – funded through a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration –April 16. “Exciting,” Fuller said. “It felt good to win,” Tatsak added. Ford City Driving Instructor Stuart Frazier has taught students “Behind the Wheel Training” for 10 years, with about 60 students per school year. He said this is the first year the school has won the competition – even though going into it he thought they had a good chance.

“Absolutely – I thought they were all excellent drivers and good students overall,” Frazier said. The three students who scored the most on a qualifying test attended the competition. All had to have a clean driving record with no accidents or citations to qualify as well. In addition to the team overall victory, Tatsak won second place and DeLancey third. Tatsak, 18 of Worthington, drives a 1998 Jeep Cherokee to school and works at a sportsman’s club in Freeport daily, and was a little anxious during the competition. Read more here.

Shelton teens tackle safe driving this prom season
High school students from Shelton, Ansonia, Oxford and Derby helped write, direct and produce three Public Service Announcements on safe teen driving that were selected to appear on the Consumer Reports’ website.

Carly Seamon, of Shelton, delivers a valedictorian speech remembering her boyfriend in ‘More to Life.’

The PSAs recently premiered at an event at Griffin Hospital as part of Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach Department’s Safe Teen Driving Program. The PSAs included Liam Cummings, Fred Dapp, Michelle Kellett, Sean Kellett, Carly Seamon, and Kristen Sewell, all of Shelton. The PSAs will air on the Consumer Reports website during the high school prom season to teach teenagers about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, especially driving while texting. The local teenagers have been working on the PSAs since last summer with the help of Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and area video producer Ilene Wolf, of Finding Center Productions. See the article here.

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