September 2017 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA / NSSP Conference 2018

Distracted-driving law takes effect

New Teen Drivers Three Times As Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash

Tips for Adding a Teenage Driver to Your Auto Insurance

Got a teen driver? Here is tech to help keep them safe.

Safety on the Road

Operation Lifesaver

ADED Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation

ADTSEA Academy


Richard Kaywood Memorial Award


Upcoming Events

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



Rosemont, Illinois
Phone: 847-671-6350
Please reserve your rooms early to insure availability.

NSSP Conference 2018
July 20-23, 2018

Distracted-driving law takes effect
Washington’s newest distracted-driving law, which aims to curb unsafe driving due to gadget use behind the wheel, goes into effect Sunday. Here’s what’s changing:

What’s new?

“The big change is you can no longer hold an electronic device — whether it’s an iPad, phone or what — while you’re operating your vehicle,” Clark County sheriff’s Detective Todd Young said. “This also includes when stopped in your vehicle.”
Currently, the law doesn’t necessarily preclude sending texts while stopped at a traffic light. The law is older than the newest technology and was aimed at phones being held to the ear.

The new law, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 16, was broadened to describe more toys and behaviors that aren’t allowed behind the wheel. It includes typing messages, accessing information, watching videos or using cameras, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Read more here.

New Teen Drivers Three Times As Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash
New teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This alarming finding comes as the “100 Deadliest Days” begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent compared to the rest of the year. Over the past five years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during this deadly period. Read more here.

Tips for Adding a Teenage Driver to Your Auto Insurance
The financial shock of adding a teenager to a family auto insurance policy is getting less shocking, at least somewhat.

An annual analysis by, a rate comparison site, found that adding a teenager still increased annual premiums substantially, but the magnitude of the increase has been falling over the past few years.

Adding a single teenager to a policy caused annual premiums to increase an average of 78 percent, or $671. But rate increases have been decreasing since 2013, when the average increase was 85 percent. Read more here.

Got a teen driver? Here is tech to help keep them safe.
My daughter is 16 and just about to get her driver’s license. She’s thrilled. I’m terrified.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not her. She does all the right stuff: Drives the speed limit, stops for a full three seconds when she’s supposed to, and doesn’t use her cellphone in the car. Still, I’m not sure I’m ready for this particularly risky milestone — and for good reason.

The newly updated teen drivers report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. And the latest data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that new teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 are a whopping three times as a likely as an adult to be involved in a deadly collision. Read more here.

Safety on the Road
Impaired driving is driving while drunk, drugged, drowsy and/or distracted. All of these are dangerous. All of these are preventable.

In addition to the National Safety Council, these traffic safety and health advocacy organizations are working to end impaired driving:

  • Consumer Healthcare Products Association
  • Governors Highway Safety Association
  • National Sleep Foundation
  • Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving
  • Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Students Against Destructive Decisions. Read more here.

Operation Lifesaver


September 24 - 30, 2017
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) and the U.S. Department of Transportation are collaborating for the first national Rail Safety Week. From September 24-30, the week will raise awareness across the country of the need for rail safety education and provide the public with tips for staying safe around railroads.

For more information, visit here.

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

Contact: Tamalea Stone    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:

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:



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:

Professional Level:

Emma Harrington (GA)

Bob Hill (VT)

Joe Shubik (PA)

Brandon Billotte (PA)

Lucille Pualani (HI)

Laurence Tanabe (HI)

Chris Kalei (HI)

Melita Pedrina (HI)

Nephi Olson (HI)

Matthew Wong (HI)

Scott Kaplan (MO)

Michael Blackmon (SC)

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