October 2017 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA / NSSP Conference 2018

Call for Proposals

Get Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week

Teen Driver Safety

NOYS Youth Interactive Traffic Safety Lab

Oregon's new cell phone law means business!

ADED Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation


National Road Safety Foundation Contests

Richard Kaywood Memorial Award


Upcoming Events

Oct 13-14, 2017

Oct 13-14, 2017

Oct 13-15, 2017

Nov 2, 2017

Dec 1, 2017

Feb 23-24, 2018

Mar 7, 2018

Mar 29-31, 2018

Apr 26-28. 2018

Apr 6-7, 2018

Apr 6-7, 2018

Apr 21, 2018

May 2-4, 2018

Oct 2018

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ADTSEA Conference 2018
July 22 - 25, 2018
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center


ADTSEA Conference 2018



By providing the group name “American Driver & Traffic Safety Education” or the group code “D18” reservations can be made by calling 1-877-337-5793.             
Please reserve your rooms early to insure availability.


Call for Proprosals
National Student Safety Program - NSSP 2018

Annual Teen Leadership Conference

July 20-23, 2018
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Rosemont, Illinois
Calling teen advocates to present one hour interactive workshops to high school students on issues facing teens today that address the NSSP mission of saving lives and preventing injuries through peer education.  Workshops should be engaging and interactive with the audience and presented by teen advocates/leaders.

Applications can be found at www.adtsea.org

Get Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) - October 15-21, 2017
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to preventable teen deaths and injuries on the road. The next National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place October 15-21, 2017. Get involved at your school or in your community by sharing safety messages with your peers.

Many people, including teens, think that the best way to reach young adults is to “scare them straight.” This rarely works. It can be overwhelming and cause teens to shut down. Research shows that teens understand they are vulnerable and are well aware of many risks. So, focusing on positive actions teens can take to be safe and to keep their friends safe can be a powerful message for teens. Read more here.

Teen Driver Safety
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, with teens involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. This is caused by inexperience and immaturity, combined with: 

  • Speed
  • Drinking and driving and drug use
  • Not wearing seat belts
  • Distracted driving (e.g., cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers)
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving at night 

Read more here.

https://noys.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Lab_Logo_2017-copy.jpgNOYS Youth Interactive Traffic Safety Lab
Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:30am-1:30pm
This year, NOYS is hosting a Youth Interactive Traffic Safety Lab on October 16, 2017. Join us as we empower teens who are changing behavior through peer-to-peer education. Teens will have the opportunity to experience hands-on activities at an outdoor venue to relay information about: Auto Maintenance, Distractions, Impaired Driving, Inclement Weather, Motorcycle Safety, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety, Railroad Tracks, Seat Belt Usage, Sharing the Road, Teen Passengers, and Work Zones.

Register for the 2017 Youth Interactive Traffic Safety Lab.

Read more here.

Oregon's new cell phone law means business!

Effective Oct. 1, 2017, Oregon's basic law says it is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (e.g. cell phone, tablet, GPS, laptop).


Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, courts will have the ability to waive the fine for first-time offenders who attend an approved Distracted Driving Avoidance course.

There are some exceptions, but for the most part, it's best just to turn off your device when you are driving (or as ODOT is saying the DriveHealthy campaign, "Hands on the wheel. Mind on the road").

Here are a few cases where the new law does not apply:

  • When using hands-free or built-in devices, if you are 18 years of age or older
  • Use of a single touch or swipe to activate or deactivate the device.
  • When parked safely, i.e., stopped in a designated parking spot. However, it is NOT legal to use the device when stopped at a stop light, stop sign, in traffic, etc.
  • While providing or summoning medical help and no one else is available to make the call.
  • To truck or bus drivers following the federal rules for Commercial Driver’s License holders.
  • When using a two-way radio if you are a CB user, school bus driver, utility truck driver in scope of employment.
  • If you are a HAM radio operator age 18 years or older.

Violations updated, too

A first offense that doesn't contribute to a crash is a Class B violation with a maximum fine of
$1,000.  A second offense, or if the first offense contributes to a crash, is Class A violation with a maximum fine of $2,500.  A third offense in ten years is a Class B misdemeanor and could result in a $6,250 fine and up to one year in jail.

For a first offense that does not contribute to a crash, the court may suspend the fine* if the driver completes an approved distracted driving avoidance class, and shows proof to the court, within four months.

*Only the fine is suspended - the violation will still be recorded on the offender's driving record.





Ottawa, Canada                                               October 12-13, 2017
CAOT & ADED Joint Program
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

Contact: Tamalea Stone       tstone@caot.ca    705-741-7660
Conference objectives

  • Disseminate the latest trends in research, practice, training and policies as well as feature the latest advancements in adaptive equipment, vehicle modification, and assessment/rehabilitation strategies
  • Build a strong network of specialists in North America through this unique networking and mentorship opportunity 

Target audience and program:This event is expected to attract over 250 professionals from across Canada and the United States representing the full spectrum of the mobility industry stakeholders such as occupational therapists, driving instructors, mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and suppliers of adaptive driving equipment, researchers and regulators.


Handover, MD                                                             Oct 20-21, 2017
Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation                                                  15 ADED/1.5 AOTA hours offered
Speakers: Kimberly White
Course designed for individuals new to the field of driver rehabilitation. Topics include: program development, driver training, adaptive driving equipment and program documentation. Course will also emphasize collaboration with mobility dealers and consumers and families.
Contact Anne Arundel Community College: 410-777-2325              Register: www.aacc.edu

Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline: August 20, 2017


Albuquerque, NM                   DSAA                November 8-11, 2017                              
Custom Program for Driving Instructors – 1 DAY                                  

Contact ADED 866-672-9466   Register online: www.aded.net


You can help prevent crashes that kill and injure thousands every year.  For teens, crashes are the #1 killer.  Your PSA idea can help make a difference. 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:

Drive Safe Los Angeles is NOW open for students in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Santa Barbara Counties.
Theme – Distracted Driving.  POSTMARK DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOVEMBER 10th and RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 17th, 2017. Winner receives $2,000 and will have the opportunity to work with an Emmy Award-winning director and be featured at the Los Angeles Auto Show and also on National TV.

Drive Safe Chicago is NOW opened to teens in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. POSTMARK DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 29th and RECEIVED BY JANUARY 8th . 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 National TV.

#DrivingSkills 101- Dangers in the Dark is OPEN to SADD Members across the country. Driving conditions aren’t always going to be perfect, and driving at night can be dangerous and scary. That’s why SADD and The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) are challenging you to tell us your tips on driving at night and your ideas on what would make a great Dangers in the Dark PSA. CONTEST  ENDS JANUARY 30TH, 2018. Enter today for a chance to win $2,500* and for your PSA idea to be brought to life by an Emmy-winning producer and broadcast nationwide! Read more here.

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:

American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association
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We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

State Level:

South Dakota Driver Education Association

Professional Level:

Anthony Rossi (TX)

Calvin Martin (WY)

Aaron Tebbe (IL)

Bill Moore (MT)

Alexander Analitis (IL)

Brian Cook (NC)

Mitchell Schreffler (PA)

Thomas Glasl (PA)

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