September 2018 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA Conference 2019

New Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Division Chair Members

The Truth About Worn Tires

NHTSA Safety Weeks

New Report: Don’t Overlook Humans’ Role in Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Safe Rides - Save Lives

ADED 2018 2 Day Course Schedule

Richard Kaywood Memorial Award

Corporate Member of the Month

Newest ADTSEA Members

Upcoming Events

Oct 2018

Oct 12-13, 2018

Oct 12-13, 2018

Oct 26-27, 2018

Nov 15-16, 2018

Nov 30, 2018

Feb 20, 2019

Feb 22-23, 2019

Pac NW
Mar 1-3, 2019

Mar 6, 2019

Mar 21-23, 2019

Apr 5-6, 2019

Apr 5-6, 2019

Apr 11-13, 2019

May 1-3, 2019

May 11, 2019

Jul 21-24, 2019

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Save the Date: 2019 ADTSEA Conference

July 21-24, 2019
Burlington, Vermont



The ADTSEA Staff would like to welcome the new Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Division Chair members! Their term starts September 1, 2018.

Executive Committee
Mark Lee – President
Wendy Bills – Past President
William Van Tassel – President Elect
Gary Scott – Secretary / Treasurer
Greg Mangan – Board Representative
Jan Meeker– NSSP Liaison
David Reich – Corporate Representative
Maria Herbert – Corporate Representative

Board of Directors
North East – Gabriella Netsch, VT and Nancy Andrus, VT
North Central – Robin Bordner, MI and Jennifer Sletten, MN
North West – Gary Roylance, UT and Bill Warner, OR
South East – Greg Mangan, TN and Harold Fleming, NC
South Central – Kevin Makal, TX and Allyn Workman, MO
South West – Genny Claxton, CA and Waynette Mitchell, HI

Division Chairs
Administration – William Warner
Bishop Forum – William Van Tassel
Higher Education – Robin Bordner
Research – Harold Fleming
Secondary – Allyn Workman
Program Chair – Wendy Bills


The Truth About Worn Tires
Michelin – A Better Way Forward

As a corporate member of ADTSEA, Michelin is sharing its new tire safety initiative to educate drivers about the importance of tire performance and safety throughout the life of a tire, especially once it becomes worn. Please help spread this information to others in the traffic safety field, to parents and students.

All motorists drive on worn tires. As soon as a vehicle hits the road on new tires, they begin to wear. When drivers make tire-selection choices, they often base decisions on mileage warranty and price. If testing is relied upon at all, that testing relates to new tire performance, not worn performance. 

The truth is, as tires wear, performance attributes change -- sometimes dramatically. How quickly tire performance declines depends on a variety of factors such as driver behavior, road conditions, weather conditions, vehicle make and model, as well as how the tire is designed, and the materials that are used in the tire. 

The long-term discussion about performance standards for worn tires is an important step forward in providing drivers with access to critical information that can improve safety on our nation's roads and highways. For more information about worn tire performance visit   


September 23-29, 2018, Child Passenger Safety Week, NHTSA
September 29, 2018 - National Seat Check Saturday

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.

NHTSA and the Ad Council launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that urge parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future at every stage of life, by making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight.


New Report: Don’t Overlook Humans’ Role in Autonomous Vehicle Safety

The Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA’s) new report, Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States, funded by State Farm®, analyzes market trends and finds that most AVs for the foreseeable future will share driving responsibility with humans, and are likely do so for many decades. Human operators will still exert significant control and will be able to change their vehicle’s AV level dynamically, just as drivers today can activate or deactivate cruise control.  The report was authored by Dr. Jim Hedlund, a former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For the press release and full report click here.


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

safe Rides Save Lives PSA contest 2018





FCCLA 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.


ADED 2018 2 Day Training Course Schedule

The Impact of Disability, Vision & Aging and their Relationship to Driving
October 26-27, 2018
Concord NC
1.5 ADED/1.5 AOTA hours offered                                                                     
This 2-day continuing education course provides a broad overview of the driver rehabilitation process.  The course is designed for healthcare providers starting or advancing a driver rehabilitation program as well as those referring individuals to a program. Traffic safety/driver education professionals will benefit from the information that they can apply to their practice.  Topics include: acquired, congenital, developmental and progressive disabilities; age-related and visual impairments that affect driving; the driver assessment process; adaptive driving equipment and vehicle modifications and driver licensing issues.
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
Highway Safety Services, LLC
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Corporate Member of the Month

O S Brake, Inc.

The TEENSAFE™ Passenger Brake is designed for use by professional driving schools and parents alike. In addition TEENSAFE™ Passenger Brake is geared toward the needs of rehabilitation hospitals, CDR specialists, and families of individuals with disabilities who wish to extend the training period in a family vehicle.

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We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Professional Level:

Patrick Joffrion, LA

Robyn Meinholdt, KS 

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