May 2016 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

Mark your calendar

St. Cloud State University Credits for ADTSEA Conference 2016

National Student Safety Program Teen Leadership Conference

ADTSEA/Michelin Pre-Conference Tire Safety Workshop

Michelin Releases New Website

ADTSEA Elections

NSSP Student of the Year Update

National Tire Safety Week

Drivers Ed for People with Special Needs

Protecting Teen Drivers

Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths

Teen Drivers

Upcoming Events

May 4-6, 2016

Jul 17-20, 2016

October 14-16,2016

November 18, 2016

Pacific Northwest Driver Traffic Safety
Mar, 3-5, 2017

Mar 8th, 2016

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Mark your calendar
for the 60th ADTSEA Conference
"Meeting our Changing Times"
in Portland, Oregon, July 17 – 20, 2016.

Registration Form

Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217
Phone: 503-283-4466

Host Outing Information and Registration Forms are now available online

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


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 visit the NSSP website.


ADTSEA/Michelin Pre-Conference Tire Safety Workshop
ADTSEA, Michelin and FIA will be conducting a tire safety workshop prior to the ADTSEA National Conference on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon. There is no fee for the workshop, but you must register for the conference to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The workshop will be open to 30 participants.

If you are interested in attending the ADTSEA pre-conference workshop please complete the Registration Form and return to the ADTSEA office by email to or fax to 724-349-5042 indicating your attendance at the workshop. Remember the workshop is only open to 30 participants. Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the workshop.

If you have any questions please contact the ADTSEA office at 724-801-8246.

Michelin Releases New Website

Michelin released their new Beyond the Driving Test campaign website. The new website  provides a platform for sharing simple tire safety and maintenance tips that can help save teen lives. The redesigned website features tire safety content, animated short films and a collection of innovative videos from teen YouTube stars, Michelin experts, and Katie Couric, who supported Michelin for a teen road safety campaign in 2015. The user-friendly platform also includes free downloads of the ADTSEA tire safety curriculum. Michelin’s mission for is to connect young drivers, their parents, teachers and state lawmakers with the information and resources needed to reduce traffic fatalities due to tire safety and maintenance issues.

ADTSEA Elections
2016 Election Results

The ADTSEA office would like to thank everyone who participated and extend our congratulations to those elected.

President Elect: Wendy Bills, UT
Secretary/Treasurer: Gary Scott, KS
NE Board of Directors: Nancy Andrus, VT
NW Board of Directors: Yusuf Quidwai, WA
NC Board of Directors: Karen Sorenson, WI
SE Board of Directors: Karl Logan, NC
SW Board of Directors: Fred Nagao, HI
SC Board of Directors: Allyn Workman, MO

NSSP Student of the Year Update

Miki Nishizawa was one of our NSSP Student of the Year winners for 2015.

Miki is pictured with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (on the right) receiving her award in Washington D.C. She is the sole recipient of the Tomorrow's Leaders Award. In her tribute video that was streamed live on YouTube, she talks about Youth For Safety and credits her fellow members for where she is at today.  She has been to the National Student Safety Program conferences twice, Students Against Destructive Decisions once and National Organizations for Youth Safety Programs once.  With driver ed funds, Miki has gone far to bring the message about domestic violence--her tie in to traffic safety is that if domestic violence goes beyond the home and on to the highway, then it affects more innocent people.

Link to Miki’s interview on KHON2 Morning News with Jai Cunningham:

National Tire Safety Week
May 29 – June 4, 2016

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program, a year-round effort designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure that their tires are in good working condition. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

“National Tire Safety Week is all about reminding busy consumers of the importance of taking good care of their tires,” said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO.  “Properly maintained tires have a proven, positive impact on safety, save consumers money and benefit the environment through greater fuel economy.”

Tire and auto service retailers interested in obtaining free RMA materials for National Tire Safety week can order them online at; those who have participated in the event before can expect to receive materials again this year.

The Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA’s tire manufacturer members: Bridgestone Americas, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corporation.

For more information on the Be Tire Smart Program and National Tire Safety Week visit

As a reminder, ADTSEA released a Tire Safety and Maintenance Unit consisting of a Lesson Plan, Slides and Videos for use in the classroom, which can be downloaded for free here.

Drivers Ed for People with Special Needs
If you're working with parents of teens with special needs or challenges that may affect their ability to drive, let them know they are not alone. In one CHOP study, two-thirds of 15- to 18-year-olds with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) old enough to drive in their state are currently driving or plan to drive.There are helpful drivers ed resources for people with special needs. The first step parents should take in the drivers ed for people with special needs process is to discuss the following with their teen’s doctor before allowing their child to apply for a learner permit. read more here.

Protecting Teen Drivers
As a parent of three, I recall the many safety concerns that arise when a teenager becomes a newly licensed driver. As an insurance veteran, my experience reveals that, for too many parents, an even bigger concern than safety is the dramatic increase in auto insurance premiums. While assisting consumers to manage their insurance costs is surely important, helping teenage drivers reduce their vulnerability to a life-changing accident provides an opportunity to deliver a much greater impact. By instructively managing our conversations with parents focusing on cost, insurance practitioners cancapitalize on an ideal opportunity to demonstrate to clients the value of adopting risk management strategies to better protect their children. Read more here.

Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of death for teenagers in the United States, and alcohol is involved in 1 out of 4 of those crashes. The stronger a state's restrictions on alcohol overall, the lower the teen death toll, a study finds.

Policies aimed at the general population were more effective than those targeting teens, the study found. They included regulations that limit the hours alcohol can be sold and the density of alcohol outlets in a particular area, as well as taxes on alcohol sales. Read more here.

Teen Drivers
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.

We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Professional Level

Julie Chancler (TX)

Wayne Johnson (ID)

Darlene Borrero (HI)

Deane Nielson (NE)

Jeff Jones (MS)

Mary Morris (NY)

Brenda Peterson (WA)

Melissa Faufata (HI)

Travis Owens (NY)

Tony Cutrell (NC)

Jesus Barayuga (HI)

Ashley McDaniel (VA)

James Keller (SD)

Jon Dondoneau (ND)

John Hultgren (MN)

Annette Austin (LA)

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! 
Mark your calendar for July 17 – 20, 2016.

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