November 2018 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA Conference 2019

Unsung Heroes

NHTSA Crash Overviews and Automated Vehicles

Make It to the Table: This Thanksgiving Eve, Don't Drink and Drive

Buckle Up - Every Trip. Every Time

Michelin Teen Driver Safety Session, Port of Los Angeles High School

Teens without Driver Education Are Responsible For 91 Percent of Teen Driver Crashes

Vehicle Owners’ Experiences with and Reactions to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Crash Test: Driver’s Education students ride the seatbelt convincer

Snellville Police Department recognized for distracted driver education

It’s Not ‘Distracted Driving,’ its Selfish Driving

Traffic Safety Impacts of Marijuana Legalization

Crashes Rise In First States To Begin Legalized Retail Sales Of Recreational Marijuana

Did Someone Say Beer Goggles?

Parents Use Ford System To Place Limits On Teen Drivers

Safe Rides - Save Lives:
FCCLA PSA Contest Has Begun!!

Richard Kaywood Memorial Award

Corporate Member of the Month

Newest ADTSEA Members

Upcoming Events

State Conferences

Nov 15-16, 2018

Nov 30, 2018

Feb 20, 2019

Mar 21-23, 2019

Mar 22-23, 2019

Apr 5-6, 2019

Apr 5-6, 2019

Apr 11-13, 2019

May 1-3, 2019

May 11, 2019

Regional Conferences

Feb 22-23, 2019

Pac NW
Mar 1-3, 2019

National Conferences

Jul 21-24, 2019

Jul 20-22, 2019

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Mark your Calendars!

2019 ADTSEA Conference
July 21-24, 2019
Burlington, Vermont

2019 NSSP Conference
July 19-22, 2019

Burlington, Vermont


In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, a nationwide search was conducted to honor unsung heroes of highway safety. Ford Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association selected six honorees who distinguished themselves as leaders in traffic safety through their passion and dedication to making the roads safer for everyone.

Meet the honorees!


NHTSA Releases 2017 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Overview
NHTSA released the 2017 fatal motor vehicle crash overview. There were 37,133 peoplekilled in motor vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways during 2017, a 1.8-percent decrease from
37,806 people killed in 2016, which came after two yearly consecutive increases in 2015 and2016. Fatalities decreased from 2016 to 2017 in almost all segments of the population, with the exception of crashes involving large trucks and SUVs. Click here for the full document.


NHTSA Releases Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Half (Jan–Jun) of 2018
A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2018 shows that an estimated 17,120 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decrease of about 3.1 percent as compared to 17,664 fatalities that were reported to have occurred in the first half of 2017. Click here for the full document.



NHTSA Releases Automated Vehicles Policy: Automated Vehicles 3.0 - Preparing for the Future of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system.

Automated Vehicles 3.0: Preparing for the Future of Transportation 3.0 builds upon DOT’s 2.0: A Vision for Safety and provides guidance for states to consider for the training and licensing of test drivers. It also offers guidance for testing entities to consider driver engagement methods during testing.

Additionally, NHTSA is announcing the ADS pilot, a preliminary step that seeks public comment on a national pilot research program to help safely test and deploy ADS-equipped vehicles. This collaboration could help aid the research and development of safety standards for advanced vehicle safety technologies. Click here for the full report.


Make It to the Table: This Thanksgiving Eve, Don't Drink and Drive - November 21, 2018
The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars. In 2016, 10,497 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver, or 28% of the total traffic fatalities. The estimated economic cost of alcohol impaired driving crashes is $44 billion, making it not only one of the deadliest traffic issues, but also one of the costliest.

From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.

These materials are aimed to help your community realize not only the dangers of drunk driving, but also the consequences. Impairment is impairment! NHTSA’s campaigns include:

NHTSA’s goal is to assist law enforcement and to educate the public on the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.


Buckle Up - Every Trip. Every Time.
Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 28), 341 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Tragically, 49% of those killed were not buckled up, representing an increase in seat belt use compared to the same weekend in 2015, when 52% of those killed in traffic crashes were unrestrained.

Use these social norming marketing tools, which can be distributed to fit your local needs and objectives. These materials can help partner your office with other States, communities, and organizations on this seat belt safety initiative.

For Thanksgiving Weekend seat belt enforcement (CIOT) campaign material, click here


Michelin Teen Driver Safety Session, Port of Los Angeles High School
On October 15, 2018, in San Pedro, California Michelin and America’s Tire hosted a teen driver safety seminar at the Port of Los Angeles High School. One lucky student, Vianca Sarmiento won a pair of custom-designed Vans shoes and a set of brand new tires through Michelin’s #StreetTreadContest. During the seminar students were shown how to check for proper tread depth and tire pressure and given the opportunity to practice. The California Association for Safety Education (CASE) and ADTSEA assisted with contacting the school and facilitated the school visit to start National Teen Driver Safety Week. Some 900 students were engaged with give-away prizes for responding to tire safety facts. Jerry Gaines, Larry Woodruff and Bart Schwarz of CASE were observers of the successful teen safety outreach by Michelin.

Carlos Delgado/AP Images for Michelin North America


Teens without Driver Education Are Responsible For 91 Percent of Teen Driver Crashes
Oregon statistics shows that teens age 15 – 20 without driver education are responsible for 91 percent of teen driver crashes. “If you think about the fact that we’re reaching a little over a one-third to one-half of all eligible teens in Oregon, but are only represented in under 9 percent of all crashes, it’s time to raise the flag and let people know,” said Driver Education Program Manager William Warner. At first, Warner and teen driving safety advocates across the state were hesitant to highlight the differences because the data was so new; now they are ready to stand behind the statistics. “We now have 4 years’ worth of data and have established some depth and breadth to our numbers,” Warner said. For the full press release click here.


Vehicle Owners’ Experiences with and Reactions to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
This report presents the results of a survey of over 1,200 owners of vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The data reflects owners’ opinions about, understanding of, and experiences with the ADAS technologies. For the full report click here.




Crash Test: Driver’s Education students ride the seatbelt convincer
Influencing new drivers to wear their seatbelts at all times is one of the many purposes of the seatbelt convincer. The convincer was provided to Marion Police Department as part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program for anyone to experience what it’s like to crash a car while wearing your seatbelt. McDowell High students in driver’s education class learned from School Resource Office Sgt. Mike Hensley on how to stay safe on the road. For the complete article click here.




Snellville Police Department recognized for distracted driver education
Though nearly all public safety agencies in Georgia warn about the dangers of distracted driving, the Snellville Police Department was recently recognized as the top agency in the state for its public education and distracted driving enforcement.

Last week, the department received a distracted driving education award at the 19th annual Governor’s Challenge Awards banquet, which is put on annually by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. For the complete article click here.


It’s Not ‘Distracted Driving,’ its Selfish Driving
The expression “distracted driving” is only a euphemism for “selfish driving.” In each case the driver’s attention is not pulled away by something outside his immediate control, such as a sudden flash of lightning, an ambulance siren, an accident sitting on the left shoulder, or a toddler crying in the back seat. No, in each case the driver deliberately chooses to look down and focus on his device, where he is texting and checking e-mails. Even with frequent messages in the media on the dangers of “distracted driving,” laws prohibiting texting while driving are not taken seriously and are not strictly enforced. Safe, responsible driving is of secondary importance to the immediate gratification afforded by the onboard internet access portals in cars today. For the full article click here.


Traffic Safety Impacts of Marijuana Legalization
As of October 2018, nine states have legalized recreational marijuana, and similar legislation has been proposed in at least 20 others. As states consider changing their laws, it is important to take into account the traffic safety ramifications legalized marijuana may have. To help states understand these impacts, GHSA has compiled the most pertinent research into "Traffic Safety Impacts of Marijuana Legalization," a succinct, four-page guide to the issue. For the full report click here.


Crashes Rise In First States To Begin Legalized Retail Sales Of Recreational Marijuana
Crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, compared with neighboring states that haven't legalized marijuana for recreational use, new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows. The findings come as campaigns to decriminalize marijuana gain traction with voters and legislators in the U.S., and Canada begins allowing recreational use of marijuana this month. For the full article click here.


Did Someone Say Beer Goggles?
Peer Helpers encourage safe driving.

Andalusia High School students got a sobering look at impaired driving during the AHS Peer Helpers’ annual Safe Driving Fun Day.

The event, staged on the baseball field, offered several activities, including a huge target where students could kick Velcro soccer balls twice without beer goggles and then once with the beer goggles so they could “Take Aim and Be Safe;” an Andalusia Police Department go-cart course which students had to navigate while “impaired” by beer goggles; a rock wall for the students to climb because “Safe Driving Rocks;” and a gladiator pit where students tried to knock each other off a platform with padded rods because they were “Knocking Out Distracted Driving.” For the full article click here.


Parents Use Ford System To Place Limits On Teen Drivers
These days when parents hand over the car keys to a teenager, they don't always relinquish total control.Some vehicles come equipped with systems that allow parents to monitor their child's driving or control things like top vehicle speed and sound system volume.

A new IIHS survey shows one such system, Ford's MyKey, is catching on. However, more than a third of respondents said they didn't know their vehicle was equipped with the system. For the full article click here.


Safe Rides - Save Lives:
FCCLA PSA Contest Has Begun!!



safe Rides Save Lives PSA contest 2018FCCLA has launched the 2018-2019 Safe Rides – Save Lives PSA Contest! Empowered by FACTS and sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation, the Safe Rides - Save Lives PSA contest is an opportunity for FCCLA members to engage in creating teen-friendly safe rides safety messaging through a video Public Service Announcement (PSA).
Mission: Have your students create a video PSA that is exactly: 25 seconds OR exactly: 55 seconds
Audience: Teen Drivers and Passengers
Topic:  The theme for the 2018-2019 PSA contest is driving safely on Prom night. Raise awareness of the unique dangers of driving on Prom night and encourage your peers to make safe choices next Prom season.
Why: The PSA goal is to develop and send teen-friendly messages to prevent traffic crashes and save lives.
How: Go to and use resources from the National Road Safety Foundation to craft your video’s message. You have full creative license but be sure the video is in good taste and if you are filming while in motion, the driver cannot be doing anything but driving.
When: Video submissions for the 2018-2019 academic year are due on Friday, January 25, 2019.
Awards: Cash prizes will be awarded directly to the individual or group of top three submissions:
1st Place: $3,500
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500

Students may work individually or as part of a team. FCCLA will submit the winning PSA to the National Association of Broadcasters for use in national PSA outreach opportunities.

For CONTEST RULES and CONTEST FORM - please click here to learn more


Richard Kaywood Memorial Award
Beginning in 1985, and each year thereafter at the annual ADTSEA conference an award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to traffic safety in memory of Dr. Richard Kaywood, who served the Association and traffic safety education for many years.  This award is sponsored cooperatively with AAA Traffic Safety, which presents the recipient an honorarium stipend. 
The selection from among nominees is made by the ADTSEA Executive Committee and is announced at the annual conference banquet. 
To better assure that deserving individuals are given consideration, ADTSEA members are encouraged to submit names of persons they feel made substantial contributions to the field.  Each submission must be accompanied by a summary of the candidate’s professional background and contributions to traffic safety education.  Following is a list of criteria for considering candidates.

  • Made a significant contribution to traffic safety education on the national and/or international level.
  • Must have served the traffic safety education profession for not less than 15 years.
  • Must have been an active member of ADTSEA for not less than 15 years.

The summary of the nominee’s contributions to the field of traffic safety education may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Scholarship – Masters or Doctorate degree
  • Leadership – Served ADTSEA  in an elected or appointed position
  • Author or contributing author of a textbook(s)
  • Speaker/Presenter/Panel member at state/national conferences
  • Regional/local workshop leader/presenter
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Authored research reports
  • Served on national committees or working groups

Nominations must be submitted to ADTSEA prior to December 31st of any given calendar year for the consideration in the following year, and addressed to:

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Corporate Member of the Month

BASYS Processing was founded in 2002 and is a Kansas City owned and managed merchant processing company that believes in building relationships with their team and customers. BASYS Processing provides credit card and debit card processing services, and solutions that include terminals, virtual terminals, e-commerce, mobile, and point-of-sale; customized to fit any need.

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We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Diamond Level:

Julie Joyner, FL

Professional Level:

Guy Vanderlek, DE

Anmar Abdelbari Noor, MI

Tino Smith, MI

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