November 2015 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

New ADTSEA and Michelin Tire Safety Training Module Available for Download

ADTSEA/Michelin Miami Tire Safety Workshop

Drowsy Driving PreventionWeek: November 1-8, 2015

Asleep at the Wheel: A Nation of Drowsy Drivers

The Realities of Driving Today  by Andy Pilgrim


Teen Drivers: Get the Facts

Drive Safe Los Angeles

Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention

Driver Education Teacher Preparation


We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members

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New ADTSEA and Michelin Tire Safety Training Module Available for Download a national awareness program to reduce preventable crashes among teen drivers, Michelin and ADTSEA today published the first national tire-safety training module for driving instructors.  This update standardizes tire-safety education materials and provides a collection of new resources, including videos and hands-on exercises for instructors and students.
The new module is designed to equip driving instructors across the U.S. with an improved understanding of tire safety and new instructional resources to deliver this critical message to new drivers.

To download the tire safety module click here.

ADTSEA/Michelin Miami Tire Safety Workshop
ADTSEA and Michelin conducted a free one-day tire safety workshop on Saturday, October 17, 2015 to driver education instructors in Miami, Florida. All workshop participants received a complimentary copy of the ADTSEA 3.0 Curriculum as well as the newly developed tire safety and maintenance module. Damon Dorato won a free set of Michelin tires at the workshop, pictured below. A second tire safety workshop will be conducted in April 2016 in Long Beach, California.

Jo Ellen Suter, Mike Wischhusen and Carol Hardin conducted the workshop.
For more pictures from the workshop click here.

Drowsy Driving PreventionWeek®: November 1-8, 2015
In an effort to reduce the number of fatigue-related crashes and to save lives, the National Sleep Foundation is declaring November 1-8, 2015 to be DrowsyDriving Prevention Week®. This annual campaign provides public education about the under-reported risks of driving while drowsy and countermeasures to improve safety on the road. Read more here.

Asleep at the Wheel: A Nation of Drowsy Drivers
NHTSA is hosting a forum during National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 1 – 8, 2015) to launch a new drowsy-driving initiative. Experts from a wide range of fields, including the sleep sciences, traffic safety, and public health, as well as from diverse organizations including advocacy groups, industry, State government, and other Federal agencies will convene to discuss research and program objectives, consider priority public policy needs, stimulate connections between diverse stakeholders, and identify core public education needs to address the risks, consequences and countermeasures related to drowsy driving. Read more here.

The Realities of Driving Today  by Andy Pilgrim
Andy Pilgrim has just released a new video presentation through his Traffic Safety Education Foundation.  The video is titled, Realities of Driving Today.  It is a video presentation designed for use by driver education teachers to be shown to students on day one, at the very BEGINNING of the driver education process.

The Realities of Driving Today video can be downloaded with no cost to teachers at  Click on “Realities of Driving Today” in the navigation area.  Understanding that many teachers still want a DVD; DVD’s will be available around December 15th, also at no cost to teachers.    

The information in the video is designed to give students a realistic understanding of why driving today is actually getting more and more dangerous in the US.  The video explains why paying full attention to the driver education process and driver education teacher is so critical.  Feedback from teachers who have seen the video has been overwhelmingly positive.

The idea for the video came from his success in speaking to parent groups all over the US during the last 5 years.  He modified the parent presentation thinking this realistic approach to today’s driving issues might also resonate with students.  After testing his ideas by speaking 24 times in 3 States to over 2,000 students, he was set on making this new presentation, Realities of Driving Today.




Winner gets $1,000, trip to NY to work with award-winning director
to turn concept into PSA for national broadcast
NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2015  --  The National Road Safety Foundation, with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is looking for ideas from teens to help educate their peers and others about the risks of walking while using a mobile device.  Entries are now open for the 6th annual Drive2Life PSA Contest, under the theme “Distracted Walking = Dangerous Walking.” 

For more than 50 years, The National Road Safety Foundation has created free driver education programs on distracted driving, speed and aggression, drinking and driving, and drowsy driving.  For more information or to download free programs, visit or

Teen Drivers: Get the Facts
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.1 Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road. Read more here.

Drive Safe Los Angeles
Greetings Safety Partners.

A winner has been selected!
On behalf of The National Road Safety Foundation we would like to thank you for participating in the first Drive Safe Los Angeles PSA Contest . Also, a big thank you also to all our safety partners who posted this wonderful opportunity.

The winner of the  Contest is the California Youth Council (CYC) of the California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP). The title of their PSA idea, “I Didn’t Notice,” has a distracted driving message that we are confident will resonate with youth and adults alike.

The runner up of the contest, the SADD chapter from Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, CA, which holds a $1,500 award.

Join us at the LA Auto Show for our Teen Safety Sunday Event on Sunday November 22nd, where the PSA will be featured. (see the attached flyer)

If  your students are planning to attend I ask that you to contact us with the number of students and we will send your  free tickets to the show. 

Again, we salute all the participants and look forward to seeing you at the LA Auto Show. See more here.

Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
November 28 - December 15, 2015

Driver Education Teacher Preparation
Traffic Safety Education (TSE) Courses    Spring Semester 2015
NOW 90% ON-LINE, D2L!     10% INTERACTIVE TELEVISION, ITV!St. Cloud State University   Continuing Studies

See SCSU web pages for more TSE information at:

The National Road Safety Foundation launches, with We Are Teachers,
“Walk Safe, Drive Safe" PSA Contest with $2,500 top prize
NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2015   --   A new nationwide contest to engage tweens in grades 3 – 5 in the dialogue about distracted driving and distracted walking has just launched.  

Sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit group that promotes safe driving through education, the Tweens2Teens Walk Safe, Drive Safe PSA Contest invites kids and teachers in Grades 3 – 5 to develop a visual message – a poster, photo essay, storyboard or any combination of visual formats – to talk to teens and all drivers and pedestrians about safe, distraction-free driving and walking.

One class will win $2,500 for their school, and two runners-up will each receive a $1,500 prize for their schools. Deadline for entries is Dec. 18, 2015.  WeAreTeachers is the #1 online teacher community, featuring inspiration, professional support, and free classroom resources. Visit us at, or at

We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Professional Level
William Bowers (NC) Jason Dewey (LA)     

Katina Seamster (LA)

Clint Terwilliger (IL)   Rich Thompson  (IL) 

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! 
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