November eNewsletter

Save the Date – July 14 – 17, 2013

57th Annual ADTSEA Conference
Mark your calendars for the upcoming ADTSEA conference.  This year’s conference is titled “Adopting and Implementing Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards” and will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Portland, ME.  For more information visit our website at

Characteristics of Fatal Crashes Involving 16 and 17 Year Old Drivers with Teenage Passengers

Several studies have found that the presence of teenage passengers increases the crash risk of teenage drivers.  Most U.S. states now have graduated driver licensing systems that limit the number of passengers that a young driver is allowed to carry in the vehicle during the first several months of licensed independent driving.  The objective of this study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety was to document the proportion of fatal crashes of 16 and 17 year old drivers in which passengers were present in relation to the age, sex and number of passengers in the vehicle, and to examine the characteristics of these crashes in relation to specific combinations of passengers.  State-by-state summary data are also provided.  To view the study go here.

U.S. DOT Encourages Parents and Caregivers to Establish Rules of the Road for Teen Drivers as Part of National Teen Driver Safety Week

Parents serve as primary influences on teenage driving behavior

WASHINGTON – As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging parents and caregivers to set and enforce safe driving ground rules for their teens. Parental involvement is a key component in the development of safe young drivers, and while the number of motor vehicle crashes has declined significantly in recent years, safe driving habits remain essential, since motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in America. Read more here.

New Publication Takes In-Depth Look at Improving Teen Driver Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C.—What to do about teen driving? That’s the question a new publication released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) attempts to answer. Developed with a grant from State Farm®, Curbing Teen Driver Crashes: An In-Depth Look at State Novice Driver Initiatives comes on the heels of MAP-21, the newly enacted surface transportation funding law, which includes incentive programs that reward states for high performance in a number of areas, including – for the first time – teen driving.

New Jersey's Teen Driver Decals Linked With Fewer Crashes

A new study from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides initial evidence that New Jersey's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal requirement lowers crash rates among intermediate (i.e., probationary) teen drivers and supports the ability of police to enforce GDL provisions. The study, which linked New Jersey's licensing and crash record databases to measure the effects of the requirement, was published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Crash involvement of an estimated 1,624 intermediate drivers was prevented in the first year after the decal's implementation. Funding for the study was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Read the full press release. Read the study.

Read more about GDL Identifiers and Decals.

U.S. Road Assessment Program (usRAP) Training Program

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety will be hosting a free, two-day training program on the use of the U.S. Road Assessment Program (usRAP) tools. Agencies, researchers, and consultants who attend the training will be licensed to use the usRAP Tools software free of charge.

The training session will cover everything needed to implement a successful usRAP program including data acquisition, data uploading, calibration, data analysis, and implementation of results.

Limited Space -- make your reservation today to ensure your spot. Contact Joanne Krochalis -- 202-638-5944x3 or

Teen Brain Training Product

Study participants needed!

Posit Science is recruiting 16- and 17-year-old drivers to take a 40-minute online survey and cognitive test that will help develop training programs to manage teen crash risks. Participants will receive $25, and can join the study here.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

The Adam Little Foundation has developed a comprehensive unit on Sharing the Road with Bicyclists. The Unit includes a lesson plan with objectives and content specific to sharing the road with bicyclists.  The lesson plan is accompanied with a class presentation in PowerPoint, which can be utilized by driver education teachers in the classroom.

Please click here for the Sharing the Road with Bicyclists Unit Lesson Plan. Click here for the Sharing the Road with Bicyclists Unit Presentation.

For more information about the Adam Little Foundation, click here.


Upcoming Events

2012 NETSEA Conference
November 3rd & 4th
Holiday Inn Boxborough
Boxborough, MA

2012 Wisconsin Fall
Traffic Safety Workshops

Weekends in November
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SCDTSEA Fall Meeting
November 16th
Seawells - Columbia, SC
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SERA 2013 Conference
Feb 22nd & 23rd, 2013
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