November 2016 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

NHTSA’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy Released

NHTSA Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Half (Jan–Jun) of 2016

ADHD: New ADTSEA Corporate Member

Professional Driving Instructor Webinar

National Road Safety Foundation Contests

This Is Your Brain on Apps: The Distracted Driving Dilemma

Safe Roads Alliance

Emergency Notification System (ENS) Signs at Railroad Crossings

Driver Alert: ODOT Is Updating Curve 'Advisory Speed' Signs Around The State 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19 year olds

We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members

2016 ADTSEA Conference Presentations and Pictures

Upcoming Events

Nov 18, 2016

Feb 22, 2017

Feb 24-25,2017

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

March 4-5, 2017

Mar 8th, 2017

Mar 30-Apr1, 2017

Mar 31-Apr 1, 2017

Apr 7-8,2017

Apr 21-22, 2017

Apr 23-25,2017

May 2017

May 6, 2017

July 16-19, 2017

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NHTSA’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy Released
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a Federal Automated Vehicles Policy to set the framework for the next 50 years with guidance for the safe and rapid development of advanced automated vehicle safety technologies.  With more than 30,000 people dying on our roads every year, and with 94 percent of crashes tied to a human choice or error, there is great potential in the ability of automated technologies to save lives.

The Policy is rooted in DOT’s view that automated vehicles hold enormous potential benefits for safety, mobility and sustainability. The primary focus of the policy is on highly automated vehicles (HAVs), or those in which the vehicle can take full control of the driving task in at least some circumstances. Portions of the policy also apply to lower levels of automation, including some of the driver-assistance systems already being deployed by automakers today.

For the full report as well as fact sheets and related resources click here.

NHTSA Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Half (Jan–Jun) of 2016
A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2016 shows that an estimated 17,775 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents an increase of about 10.4 percent as compared to the 16,100 fatalities that were reported to have occurred in the first half of 2015. The fatality rate for the first half of 2016 increased to 1.12 fatalities per 100 million VMT, up from 1.05 fatalities per 100 million VMT in the first half of 2015. For the full fact sheet go here.

New ADTSEA Corporate Member

Behind-the-Wheel With ADHD is the newest ADTSEA corporate member. Behind the Wheel With ADHD is a program designed for professionals to use with their driving students who are struggling with developing necessary skills to drive competently because of deficits in their executive functioning skills. The program consists of an instructional training seminar followed by individual trainer coaching provided by Shanahan Sweeney Coaching.

Have you heard the studies that show that teen drivers with ADHD are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their peers who do not struggle with executive-function impairments?
Would you appreciate some guidance from the experts on training and coaching teens with ADHD?  If so then this program may be one way to help your students mitigate those risks and improve the likelihood of a successful training experience for your students who struggle with attention deficits and learning challenges.

The Behind the Wheel with ADHD driving program gives you the tools necessary to coach your ADHD students in creating effective strategies and skills to manage the risks associated with all executive functioning challenges and driving. For more information visit:

Professional Driving Instructor Webinar
Behind-the-Wheel With ADHD offers professional driving instructor webinars.  Webinars for the remainder of the year are:

Tuesday November 8th at 10 am Central
Tuesday December 13th at 10 am Central

Costs for the webinar are $125. The webinar is 3 hours long. To register for the webinar go here.

To receive updated information about research and news in the area of ADHD and driving sign up for the Behind-the-Wheel With ADHD blog here.

The National Road Safety Foundation has several contests that your youth can enter to raise safe driving awareness and earn cash prizes. Below is a list for you to circulate, post, email and put in your newsletters. They are as follows:

1.      Drive 2 Life PSA Contest begins Wednesday, October 5th  across the country for students in grades 6 – 12. POSTMARK DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd and RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2017.  Theme – Distracted Walking. Winner receives - $1,000,  a trip to NYC and their PSA professionally produced and aired on Teen Kids News.  Two Runners-up in grades 6-8 will receive $500 and two runners-up grades 8-12 receive $500.

2.      DrivingSkills 101:Expect the Unexpected Contest begins Monday, October 17th for SADD Chapters across the nation. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2017. Theme – Driver Safety in bad weather conditions.  Top 10 Chapters receive $250 and winning chapter $2,500. PSA will be produced by a professional TV crew at his/her school to be premiered at SADD National Conference and aired on Teen Kids News.

3.      Drive Safe Chicago is now opened to teens in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. POSTMARK DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14th and RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18th . Theme – Distracted Driving. Winner receives  -$2,000 and will have their PSA produced by a professional TV crew at his/her school to be shown at the Chicago Auto Show and aired on Teen Kids News.  Runner-up gets $1,000.

4.      Safe Rides, Save Lives Contest is now open to FCCLA members across the country. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2016. Theme – Teen Driver Risks relating to Passenger Safety. Winner in 1st place receive $3,500, 2nd place $1,000 and 3rd place $500. Winning PSA will be submitted to the National Association of Broadcasters and aired on Teen Kids News.

This Is Your Brain on Apps: The Distracted Driving Dilemma
CARS.COM Most motorists know that driving while distracted is extremely dangerous, yet they continue to do it anyway in frightening numbers. You might consider it a case of collective cognitive dissonance if distracted drivers felt stress or mental discomfort over the contradiction. But that's just the problem — they don't.

Related: Add 'Pokemon Go' to Driving Distractors List
Dr. Breeda McGrath, Dean of Academic Affairs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, explained that people are lulled into feeling that driving doesn't require their full attention. As modern cars become more automated and less dependent on driver inputs to operate smoothly, that false sense of security is only reinforced. This result is motorists' belief that they've got this driving thing handled so they can perform other tasks simultaneously — which they decidedly cannot. Read more here.

Safe Roads Alliance
Safe Roads Alliance was formed in 2006 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting safer driving.

Safe Roads provides educational services to all drivers on different aspects of driving safety, including: issues confronting teen drivers, older drivers, seat belt usage, and Distracted Driving.

One of our primary programs is to provide drivers of all ages with access to driver training that far surpasses classes taken to obtain a license. Closed-course, hands-on, advanced driver strategies and techniques are learned in a safe, controlled environment with one goal: to make all drivers better drivers. Statistically teen drivers are the most important group for this training, but it is our feeling that every driver can improve their skills and would benefit from this program.

Safe Roads Alliance has partnered with In Control Family Foundation and Safety Insurance to help reach these goals.

Safe Roads Alliance has also developed The Parent's Supervised Driving Program in an effort to reach out to parents of teens who hold a Learner's Permit. Getting enough, and the right kind of experience during this phase of driving has shown to be a critical factor in reducing teen crash rates. Parental involvment is important to that effort.

The Impact of Disabilities, Vision, Aging and their Relationship to Driving
November 7-8, 2016 Boca Raton, FL
in conjunction with the DSAA meeting

Acquired, congenital, developmental and progressive types of disabilities
Age-related impairments
Driver Assessment process
Implications for driver assessment and training
Adaptive driving equipment and vehicle modifications
Driver licensing issues

Click here for course information and registration
Click here for hotel reservations

Emergency Notification System (ENS) Signs at Railroad Crossings

The ENS is for emergencies that would require stopping train traffic due to an obstruction on the tracks, or any other problem at the crossing such as nonworking lights or gates.
Call the number on the sign to report a stalled vehicle on the track or any other danger. The information on the sign identifies the location. The railroad X-ING location numbers are needed to respond to the
If there are injuries to report, call 911.
The ENS 1-800 telephone numbers connect 24/7/365 to railroad dispatchers who can attempt to stop all train traffic at the crossing during an emergency.
If you are stuck on the train tracks, remember the word “GO” as in GET OUT of your vehicle and away from the tracks.
Once the railroad crossing warning lights activate, 20 seconds is the minimal amount of time that it takes a train to reach the grade crossing.
Ask students observing in the back seat to search for the blue ENS signs located on the cross buck sign post or the mast of the active warning devices by the train tracks.
Questions to ask your students:

If your vehicle is stuck on a railroad grade crossing what would you do?

  1. What would you do if you saw a truck or vehicle stuck at a railroad           grade crossing prior to the lights and gates activating?
  2. When would you activate the grade crossing Emergency Notification      System?
  3. When the lights begin flashing and the gates begin to descend at a railroad grade crossing, what is the minimal amount of time before a              train reaches the grade crossing?
  4. How long does it take to stop a freight train?  (Answer: Over one mile at 55mph.)

Source: Amtrak and Federal Railroad Administration:
Published in MTEA News, Fall 2016

Driver Alert: ODOT Is Updating Curve 'Advisory Speed' Signs Around The State 
You do it multiple times every day and probably aren’t even aware of it: Adjust your speed going around a curve to 5 to 10 miles per hour above the number on those yellow curve advisory speed signs.
But here’s a heads up: Those signs and speeds are probably going to be changing – and they will better match the curve, so you’ll want to pay attention, everywhere you go in the state.
In fact, some 50 to 75 percent of all curve speed advisory signs will change over the next three to four years, most seeing an increase in the advisory speed of 5 to 10 mph. Why is Oregon doing this? There are three main reasons:

New federal requirements improve safety and create consistency. Updated federal procedures require consistency of curve advisory speeds on all public roads. Consistency in curve signing means a curve with an advisory speed of 40 mph in the Willamette Valley will feel similar to a 40 mph curve in Baker County or a 40 mph curve in another state.

New technology allows for more reliable speeds. New technology allows us to determine advisory speeds for curves with greater certainty; current speeds were set using the analog tools that have now been replaced with GPS-aided digital tools.

Vehicles, road design and pavements have advanced. Newer vehicles can corner with increased speeds while maintaining a comfortable ride. Oregon’s roads have also benefited in the past several decades from improved design and advanced pavements, creating safer, smoother roads.

Time for an Update
Current advisory speeds were set by investigators using the ball bank indicator method, which involved driving curves multiple times to figure out how far to the right or left a ball suspended in liquid traveled in its arc. The variability inherent in this method and irregularities in road surfaces contributed to setting inconsistent and conservative advisory speeds – which is why so many drivers are comfortable going faster than the posted advisory speeds.
In addition, roadway crews would sometimes reduce speeds even further on curves where other problems occurred. Today, ODOT employs GPS technology that allows an engineer to drive a curve fewer times and provides more consistent and reliable results. Special software processes the data after each trip so engineers can set the correct advisory speed.

Many Speeds Going Up
Most curve advisory speeds will increase by 5 to 10 mph (though some will increase even more). ODOT crews and contractors have already started replacing or removing signs. The effort will continue through 2019

Further Reading
For expert tips and techniques for negotiating curves, visit TEAM OREGON Resources.
For more information and frequently-asked questions about the curve advisory speed changes, click here
For more than you ever thought you wanted to know, you can review the Federal Highway Administration’s procedures on setting curve advisory speeds, click here.  

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19 year olds in the United States. Together, State Farm® and Youth Service America are working to help teens and their schools make a difference in their communities, and you can help!  

Download YSA's Road Safety Toolkit and take the youth-created Road Safety Course, both sponsored by State Farm. The Project Toolkit is designed to support high school students and their classroom teachers, service-learning coordinators, road safety educators, and student advisors in community and youth development organizations through the development and implementation of a semester-long youth-led teen driver safety service-learning program. The guide intentionally positions students themselves as problem-solvers, educators, and leaders in addressing teen driver safety, and positions adult educators and advisors as program facilitators

Check out Road Trips® and Road Aware®, free tools from State Farm, along with additional resources on

We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Corporate Member

Behind the Wheel with ADHD

Professional Level

Kris Crawford (MI)

Jahanara Begum (MI)

Christopher Calvert (HI)

Lyla Domingo (HI)

Michael Christ (PA)

Max Harvell (NJ)

Steve Hillman (IL)

Randy Rand (MI)

Kristen Claxton (CA)

Karen Sullivan (CA)

Benjamin Visnick (CA)

Joe Almeida (CA)

Kristen Kellermyer (CA)

2016 ADTSEA Conference Presentations and Pictures
Visit the ADTSEA website here for conference presentations and here for conference pictures.

Limited edition ADTSEA 60th year pins were available at this year’s conference. These are still available for purchase at $20. Previous years pins are also available for $10. If you are interested in purchasing a pin, please contact the office.   

Mark your calendar for next year’s ADTSEA Conference for July 16-19, 2017 in Sacramento, California at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West.

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