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. http://www.hiltonsacramentoardenwest.com/
Traffic Fatalities Up Sharply in 2015
The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015, ending a 5-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2% increase in deaths from 2014. The final data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed traffic deaths rising across nearly every segment of the population. The last single-year increase of this magnitude was in 1966, when fatalities rose 8.1% from the previous year. Read more here.
Child Passenger Safety Week
September 18-24, 2016
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives.
Use these free safety materials to generate awareness about child car safety in your community during Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday. Read more here.
National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 16-22, 2016
Mark your calendars for National Teen Driver Safety Week October 16-22, 2016. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19- year olds in the United States. In fact, in 2014 there were 2,679 teen (15 to 19) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding, and extra passengers. These dangers are covered in the “5 to Drive” rules of the road.
Free safety material can help start the conversation with teen drivers about the rules of the road. Even if you think they don't hear you, they do. Use the "5 to Drive" - Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road. Read more here.
New Report Spotlights Dangers of Drowsy Driving
In today’s fast-paced society, Americans are sacrificing sleep, which too often leads to tragic consequences on our roadways. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, points out that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived Americans are driving every day. And it’s taking a toll – an estimated 5,000 lives were lost in drowsy driving-related crashes last year. The report was funded through a grant from State Farm® with guidance from an expert panel.
The extreme danger posed by tired drivers has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand its definition of impaired driving to include not only drunk, drugged and distracted, but also drowsy. In a newly available NHTSA estimate provided to GHSA for this report, the agency reveals the annual societal cost of fatigue-related fatal and injury crashes is a staggering $109 billion, not including property damage. Read more here and here.
Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars
Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say.
But there's a big catch. The cable television and high-tech industries want to take away a large share of the radio airwaves the government dedicated for transportation in 1999, and use it instead for superfast Wi-Fi service. Auto industry officials are fighting to hang on to as much of the spectrum as they can, saying they expect they will ultimately need all of it for the new vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V.
The government and the auto industry have spent more than a decade and more than $1 billion researching and testing V2V technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose as early as next month that new cars and trucks come equipped with it. General Motors isn't waiting for the proposal, saying it will include V2V in Cadillac CTS sedans before the end of the year. Read more here.
New Apps Can Tell If You're A Good Driver
A few private companies and many insurance companies have developed apps that can tell you how well you turn a curve, if you're braking too often and how often you're speeding.
“It’s my driving history, it shows little maps of my commute to work this morning, no hard braking, no speeds over 80 miles an hour, so I had a successful day,” Sioux Falls Allstate agent Dan Pickering said. Allstate's Drive Wise program is one of the many safe driving apps to hit the market in recent months. “It tests for hard braking, late night driving and speeds over 80 miles an hour,” Pickering said. All are risking driving habits that contribute to crashes.
“The number one collision in America is the rear-end collision,” Washington High School Driver’s Education instructor Jim Trett said. “They're probably distracted, either they're going too fast, and they're not paying attention and then all of the sudden they have to brake.”
Using a phone while driving is another big risk factor, but these safe driving apps are completely automatic. Once downloaded, the will start recording driver’s habits as soon as they hit the road. Read more here.
Wilbraham police want parents and teens to watch this texting-while-driving video
It's a video the Wilbraham Police Department hopes parents will watch with their teenagers, who statistically have a much higher chance of dying in a car crash than other demographic groups.
The video shows a bunch of teens candidly discussing why they text and drive, with explanations ranging from boredom to a desire to not miss out on "something exciting."
Then, a crash victim enters the room to share her story with the teens. She was 21 years old, driving home from her college graduation with her parents, when a distracted driver using a cellphone blew a red light. An 18-wheeler swerved to avoid a collision and ended up striking the vehicle carrying the woman and her family. Read more here.
Senior Driving: Read This Before Making Car-Key Decisions
Treating health problems to improve function can help older adults drive safely. Age alone shouldn't be a reason to stop driving. Instead, the focus should be on function. Read more here.
Drivers reminded to use caution in school zones
Law enforcement and AAA are reminding drivers and pedestrians to use caution now that school is back in session.
Drivers are urged to slow down for school zones and pay attention to crosswalks. Officials are also reminding parents to talk with their kids about road safety and the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street and paying attention to signals. These simple steps can help prevent accidents and save lives. Read more here.
How To Act When Pulled Over By Police: Now A Driver's Ed Requirement
Were you taught how to interact with the police in your driver's education course? According to Illinois law, you should have been. But as high-profile police shootings increase tension between officers and residents in neighborhoods across the country, state lawmakers want to make sure kids learn what to do when confronted by police as soon as possible. Read more here.
American Drivers Aren’t Securing Their Loads on the Road
More than 200,000 crashes involved debris on U.S. roadways during the past four years, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Road debris has resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014. AAA is calling for drivers to properly secure their loads to prevent dangerous debris. Read more here.
We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:
Johnson County Community College (KS)
Ann Arbor Driving School (MI)
Nicole Turi (NJ)
Frank Mancuso, Jr. (NY)
Ian Kanarvogel (NY)
John Carr (NY)
Jim Marrion (AZ)
Don Hedges (CO)
Anthony Paul Riley (NC)
James Walker (Military)
Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Sacramento, CA next year!
Mark your calendar for July 16 – 19, 2017.
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